Piers Morgan found by Ofcom to have made highly offensive comments 'with potential to cause harm and offence' to ITV viewers
The UK television regulatory body know as Ofcom have reported on whether UK TV channel ITV breached the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, following over 50,000 complaints that Ofcom received following a breakfast show co-hosted by Piers Morgan, following Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Report (click here to read the while report) looked into complaints made over multiple derisive comments made by Piers Morgan on TV shows that aired back on March 8th and 9th 2021, notably comments Piers made accusing Meghan of lying when Meghan said she had felt suicidal while living with the UK Royal Family.
Ofcom concluded that Morgan's comments had the potential to cause harm and offence to viewers, but added that this harm was mitigated by steps taken by the TV network and by other TV presenters on-set on those days. The regulator concluded that Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved Meghan provided that the TV network (ITV) ensured that adequate protection from harm and sufficient context was also provided (e.g. a balanced approach). Ofcom felt ITV had met their burden.
Ofcom added that they were concerned about Pier's Morgan's approach to such an important topic (mental health) and what they termed his apparent disregard for the seriousness of anyone expressing suicidal thoughts, adding "had it not been for the extensive challenges offered throughout the programme (by co-hosts and other guests) Ofcom would have been seriously concerned."