Sunak’s appearance on GB News investigated

Ofcom has launched an investigation into Rishi Sunak’s recent appearance on GB News.

The prime minister answered questions on a range of topics from an audience on the show, but complainants alleged that no alternative view was offered.

In a statement, the UK’s communications and broadcast regulator said: “We have received around 500 complaints about the programme which aired on GB News on 12 February 2024.

“We are investigating under Rules 5.11 and 5.12 of the Broadcasting Code which provide additional due impartiality requirements for programmes dealing with matters of major political controversy and major matters relating to current public policy.

“Specifically, Rules 5.11 and 5.12 require that an appropriately wide range of significant views must be included and given due weight in such programmes, or in clearly linked and timely programmes.”

The Ofcom Broadcasting Code outlines the rules with which programmes broadcast on television and radio must abide.

The “due impartiality” requirement in current affairs output does not mean that the same amount of time needs to be given to opposing views. However audiences need to be exposed to alternative ways of thinking.

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GB News has previously been found to breach impartiality rules, after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt was interviewed by fellow Tory MPs Esther McVey and Philip Davies.

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