Good Morning Britain
ITV, 8 March 2021, 06:00
Good Morning Britain (GMB) is a weekday morning news and discussion programme broadcast on ITV.
Most of the broadcast on 8 March 2021 was dedicated
to discussing an interview between Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex which had been broadcast overnight in the USA. The Interview was due to air in the UK that evening and clips of it had been made publicly available ahead of the full
Ofcom received more than 50,000 complaints about the Programme; the majority of which said that comments about mental health and suicide made by one of the lead presenters, Piers Morgan, were both harmful to the
audience and highly offensive and that discussions on issues relating to race and racism in the Programme were highly offensive to some viewers.
Overall, Ofcom considered that there is
a high public interest value in broadcasting open and frank discussions about race and racism, as long as they comply with the Code. As set out above, we also considered that the Interview between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey
contained serious allegations and it was legitimate for this Programme to discuss and scrutinise those claims. While we acknowledged that Mr Morgan's questions about the nature of racism had the potential to be highly offensive to some viewers, the
conversations about race and racism in this Programme provided open debate on the issues raised by the Interview. We also considered that the Programme allowed for an important discussion to be had on the nature and impact of racism. ITV had clearly
anticipated that racial issues would be discussed at length as part of the coverage of the Interview and had taken steps to ensure context could be provided during the discussions. Despite strong opinions expressed during the Programme, in Ofcom's view
any potential offence was justified by the context and the comments and discussions about race and racism were not in breach of of the Code.
Not in Breach of Rules 2.1 and 2.3 in relation to the discussion on mental health and
Not in Breach of Rule 2.3 in relation to the debate about race and racism.