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New ITV Participant Guidelines

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ITV has issued a set of guidelines on how to protect programme participants after a guest committed suicide following an appearance on The Jeremy Kyle Show. 

Steve Dymond took his own life in May after recording a segment on the daytime chat show. ITV permanently cancelled the show on the morning Dymond’s episode was due to air. 

The controversial series often came under fire for the treatment of its guests who were often pitted against each other under extreme circumstances including paternity and lie detector tests. 

ITV has also faced scrutiny after two contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, from the hit reality format Love Island took their own lives, in separate cases, 18 months after their appearances on the show. 

The spate of suicides by ITV’s programme participants sparked a government inquiry and forced media regulator Ofcom to update its code of conduct. 

ITV has now released new guidelines on protecting its guests and talent, which apply to content not only created by ITV but also extend to third party suppliers. 

The guidelines published today set out a framework for assessing welfare and mental health risks for participants which, identify six general factors to be considered. 

The guidelines also include information on measures that ITV suggests producers should consider putting in place to address welfare and mental health risks. They should be proportionate to the likely risks and should also be taken into account when discussing programme commissions and considering the method and cost of production. 

Where productions have medium or higher risk elements, producers should discuss their participant protection processes with their ITV commissioner and the ITV compliance lawyer or advisor allocated to their programme. This risk management should apply all the way from pre-production and casting to production, post production and broadcast. 

The guidelines say producers may also need to engage expert psychological advice and support. 

ITV now wants a written risk management plan and processes/protocols in place for protecting the welfare of programme participants on medium or higher risk productions. It said regular reporting of risk in programmes and the control measures introduced is a key element of risk reporting within ITV. 

“The health and safety of everyone who takes part in our programmes is our highest priority, which is why we are sharing our best practice guidelines with producers,” said Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television. 

“To continue to make television that reflects and represents a wide and diverse range of people who want to take part, we need to ensure those people are aware of the implications – both positive and negative – that appearing on TV can lead to, so they can make an informed decision on their participation.” 

2 October 2019

Zoe Ball

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Zoe Ball was out of tonight’s edition of BBC One’s Strictly It Takes Two due to illness. 

Former Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones stepped in to replace her. 

Ball has failed to appear on the show all week and her Radio Two breakfast show as she battles “flu”. 

Ball tweeted yesterday that she had been “taken down by a nasty bout of flu,” and apologised for missing her Radio 2 Breakfast Show, along with It Takes Two. 

“Thanks to Nicki Chapman and Gethin Jones for stepping in,” she wrote. “Promise to be back ASAP. Sending love to anyone else illin’ with this flu, it’s such a stinker.” 

2 October 2019

Peter Sissons Dies

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Former BBC and ITN newsreader Peter Sissons has died at the age of 77. 

He also presented Question Tim on BBC One from 1989 to 1993 

"His wife and three children were with him and wish to pass on their thanks to the hospital staff," it continued. 

2 October 2019

Ant and Dec – Royalty?

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 Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will discover that one of them is descended from royalty when they trace their family history for a new series.

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey on ITV will see the Saturday Night Takeaway duo joined by genealogists and historians as they follow their maternal and paternal bloodlines into the past.

The TV stars, both from Newcastle upon Tyne, will journey to Ireland as well as to the US, where they will visit the United Nations headquarters in New York.

One will discover that their great-grandfather was a celebrated war hero while the other will find out that their cousin is a former US female wrestling promoter.

Their research will also unearth evidence that one of their ancestors’ bones were deemed “of historical importance”.

McPartlin said: “I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to historical events, so to get the chance to research our family history using our DNA was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“What we find out is mind-blowing and nothing either of us could ever have imagined. It’s something that will stay with us both forever.”

Donnelly said: “A huge part of this was to find out my heritage, especially on my dad’s side.

“I always thought I knew a fair bit about where I came from but it turns out I was wrong!

“Whilst it was incredible to find out about the past, what was hugely overwhelming was to meet relatives neither of us knew we had.

“It was a truly amazing experience.”

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey, a two-part co-production between Voltage TV and Mitre Television, is coming soon to ITV.

2 October 2019 



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