In a charged turn of events, TV legend Vorderman’s emphatic call against GB News’s Tory interview sees a blunt reality check from Ofcom.
Television icon Carol Vorderman, known for her strong opposition to the Conservatives, came under fire for urging her colossal 800,000 followers on X (formerly Twitter) to lodge complaints with Ofcom against Lee Anderson’s sit-down with Home Secretary Suella Braverman on GB News.
Vorderman vehemently suggested that the show was in violation of Ofcom’s regulations, due to a Tory MP interviewing a fellow Tory, which she perceived as a breech in impartiality rules.
However, in a recent turn of events, Ofcom, the media regulatory body, verified that no guidelines were overstepped during the September episode of Lee Anderson’s Real World.
Commentator Adam Brooks couldn’t resist addressing Vorderman: “So Carol Vorderman, Ofcom have ruled that Lee Anderson’s interview with Suella Braverman did not break Ofcom rules. You told millions via your Twitter/X account that it wasn’t allowed… Were you wrong yeah?” Echoing his sentiments, Mr Anderson remarked, “Proving her tweets lack any sort of credibility.”
Previously, Vorderman had confidently asserted, “This is not permitted by Ofcom regulation. Lee Anderson (deputy Tory chair) interviewing Suella Braverman (Home Secretary) on GB News. Time to complain before broadcast and RT.” Yet, the catch lies in Ofcom’s policies, which dictate that evaluations can only be made post-broadcast.
After the interview was aired, Vorderman continued to express her reservations, proclaiming, “One MP interviewing another MP from the same party is far from usual, and seems in clear breach of impartiality rules.” Drawing parallels, she referred to a past incident involving Esther McVey and Jeremy Hunt on GB News which resulted in Ofcom identifying a violation.
Addressing the matter, Ofcom clarified its stance, stating that politicians have the liberty to host current affairs shows, provided they aren’t contesting elections and that “due impartiality is preserved”. Source