British tv presenter Piers Morgan has been accused of bullying in an open letter to broadcaster ITV from virtually 1200 skilled U.Ok. tv staff.
The letter was disseminated after the Good Morning Britain host was concerned in a Twitter change with a former researcher, on Piers Morgan’s Life Tales, Adeel Amini.
Amini has gone on from his tenure at Life Tales to start out psychological well being assist group The TV Mindset, handle the pan-broadcaster Coalition for Change and was additionally trade champion ultimately 12 months’s prestigious Edinburgh TV Competition.
British broadcaster Channel 4’s head of artistic range Angela Chan criticised Morgan’s conduct within the change.
Chan stated: “Adeel has achieved extra constructive change for this trade within the house of the final 12 months than most do in a lifetime.
“You’ve got it in your energy to amplify voices like his. Your petty bullying on Twitter is only a small glimpse of the abuses of energy in TV.”
Because the story, first picked up by U.Ok. publication Broadcast, did the rounds Morgan responded as soon as once more by way of Twitter to Deadline journalist Jake Kanter, aiming to level out the perceived injustice of the state of affairs.
ITV CEO Carolyn McCall and Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and leisure, subsequently responded to the letter stating: “ITV takes any allegations of bullying and harassment within the office very severely certainly, and we’re clear there may be completely no place for it in ITV.
“Now we have an impartial whistleblowing helpline which we talk by way of our induction course of and which we monitor on an on-going foundation, along with our inner grievance procedures channels, that are open to each everlasting members of workers and freelancers.
“Our agency understanding is that on this occasion, the tweet in query was not accusing Piers of bullying and harassment while engaged on Life Tales. Having spoken to each events, there may be subsequently no inner investigation.
“When it comes to the separate situation of social media exchanges, we perceive some producers want to specific their views on their private platforms, and we additionally assume it’s broadly understood that Piers is a prolific and long-standing consumer of social media the place he’s well-known for partaking in sturdy, heated exchanges, when criticism is levelled in opposition to him.
“Nonetheless, Twitter accounts and the choice to touch upon one another are their private decisions. Piers is a contract presenter and we don’t management his output on social media, or the opposite media platforms he writes for.
“To reiterate, we’re clear there is no such thing as a room for bullying at ITV and it’s not tolerated. We’re supportive and engaged members of Coalition for Change, and we are going to proceed to work productively with colleagues throughout the trade.”
The letter could be learn in full under:
Pricey Carolyn McCall, Kevin Lygo and ITV,
Like many inside our trade, we have now been appalled by the web conduct of Piers Morgan in directing focused abuse in direction of a freelancer. Morgan, with 7.7 million Twitter followers, has repeatedly focused and tagged a former staff-member in derogatory posts.
As freelancers working inside tv, we really feel a accountability to talk out in opposition to bullying and harassment wherever we see it, together with from on display screen personalities who’re all too usually poorly reprimanded for unacceptable behaviour and abusive conduct.
Final 12 months, conversations facilitated by The TV Mindset and different organisations, together with The Coalition for Change, BECTU and the Edinburgh Tv Competition, reiterated the necessity to eradicate the widespread situation of bullying and harassment. Now could be the time for motion.
We consider silence within the face of harassment is complicity, which in flip permits abusive behaviour to proceed behind the scenes at each degree of programme making. Particularly, the abuses of on-screen expertise are all too usually missed, on the expense of the dignity, well being and security of the freelancers they aim.
We hope you agree with us in denouncing bullying in all varieties and publicly asserting the findings of ITV’s inner investigation into this matter.
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