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Committee publishes correspondence with ITV Studios regarding The Jeremy Kyle Show

18 October 2019

The Jeremy Kyle Show: ITV asked to explain Jeremy Kyle's ‘provocative' behaviour towards contributors

Damian Collins, Chair of the DCMS Committee, has written to the Managing Director of ITV Studios requesting further clarification of its treatment of contestants who took part in The Jeremy Kyle Show.

ITV provided unedited footage of an edition of show at the request of the Committee following evidence given by former participants to its Reality TV inquiry.

In questions put today to Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios, the Committee asks about Jeremy Kyle's use of “demeaning and insulting language” and whether he accepted that such a level of provocation to contributors was “highly unethical”.

The Committee also queries Kyle's criticism of a contributor's replies to a question relating to her sexual partners. Julian Bellamy is asked whether ITV condones this approach by the presenter, seen as serving to “humiliate and denigrate a woman on the basis of her sexual behaviour”.

The inquiry was launched following events leading up to the decision to axe The Jeremy Kyle Show. It is considering the duty of care offered by broadcasters and programme makers to participants in reality TV.

ITV has been given until Friday 25 October to respond to a number of points raised in the letter.

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