Sky News third most complained about television show of 2018 due to alleged ‘bias’ against Tommy Robinson

Sky News third most complained about television show of 2018 due to alleged ‘bias’ against Tommy Robinson

Sky News was the third most complained about programme of 2018 due to allegations of bias in an interview with Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson.

Annual complaint figures from broadcast regulator Ofcom show that Sky News received 4,251 complaints over the year, with 3,462 complaints alleging bias against Robinson and defamation of his character in the programme’s editing of an interview with the English Defence League founder.

Press Gazette understands that the bulk of those complaints about the interview, which took place in September, came from supporters of Tommy Robinson.

Robinson had also recorded his interview with Sky News and broadcast the full tape on his Youtube channel.

A further 592 complaints about Sky News were levelled against Kay Burley’s comparison of burned Falklands War veteran Simon Weston’s injuries to a woman wearing a burqa.

During an interview with Andrew Bridgen MP, Burley asked the Conservative politician if being unable to read Weston’s facial expressions would offend him.

Sky News is not the only current affairs show to appear in Ofcom’s top 10 most complained about programmes this year.

Good Morning Britain was the seventh most complained about show, receiving a total of 548 complaints.

More than 80 of those complaints alleged that Piers Morgan showed bias toward Donald Trump in an interview with Novara senior editor Ash Sarkar.

Press Gazette has contacted ITV and Sky News for responses to the figures.

Ofcom received a total of 56,000 complaints in 2018 compared to just 16,068 in 2017 – a more than threefold increase.

The 47,000 complaints amassed by programmes in the top 10 this year accounted for 85 per cent of all complaints.

Ofcom director of content standards, licensing and enforcement Tony Close said: “Viewers are as passionate about what they watch as ever, discussing programmes with their friends and family, and with other people on social media.

“They complain to us when they think programmes have fallen below the standards they expect, and we carefully assess each and every complaint we receive.

“This year, we’ve taken action on many occasions where programmes have fallen short of the standards required by our rules.”

Celebrity Big Brother and Loose Women topped the Ofcom complaints chart, with more than 27,000 complaints being levelled at CBB alone.

Here is a full table of Ofcom’s 10 most complained about programmes of 2018:

Show Ofcom complaints (2018)
Celebrity Big Brother 27,602
Loose Women 8,002
Sky News 4,251
Love Island 4,192
Coronation Street 1,098
Emmerdale 759
Good Morning Britain 548
This Morning 402
I’m a Celebrity 335
The X Factor 286

Picture: Reuters/Peter Nicholls



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20 thoughts on “Sky News third most complained about television show of 2018 due to alleged ‘bias’ against Tommy Robinson”

  1. His convictions include attacking a woman – no they don’t – they include assault of an off-duty copper who intervened in a row between he and his then girlfriend (now wife). He maintains the copper never said he was a copper. The copper tells it differently. So, you’re incorrect on that point.

    Mortgage fraud – he lent his brother money to get a mortgage, the brother didn’t declare it had come from TR (I know, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon; I bet you correct everyone on that just like you correct anyone saying the name Michael Caine for example). If that’s all he did I’ll take that over what he stands against every day of the week.

    Sky lied. They edited the interview to present an answer to one question as the answer to another which if taken at face value was obviously going to make TR…er….Steph…..oh you know what he’s called; there’s not an article that can start without clearing that vital bit of knowledge up – it was obviously going to make him look bad.

    That you’re sat there, comfortable with the FACT that a major news outlet has resorted to putting out utter fiction says much more about you and the world you’d be content to live in – a world where any dissent is crushed through lies and propaganda – than it does TR or those who agree with his message. You’ll be ok until that power, the power you sanction through your dumb acceptance, is turned on you.

  2. This ‘young twerps’ followers watched the unedited interview and then watched the edited interview where questions and answers were chopped and changed so the answer to one question was presented as the answer to another which, to the uninitiated (ie you), would unsurprisingly make TR (yes I know – aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) look like a bit of a nutter.

    You’re basically too intellectually lazy and cowardly to dig this stuff out. You made your opinion clear and wouldnt actually dare to look for anything that might show you to be wrong. Instead you’ll happily swallow lies – the endless stream of confirmation bias – that make you thing YOU are right.

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