- Ofcom Finds GB News Interview with Chancellor Violated Impartiality Rules
- GB News Expresses Disappointment with Ofcom’s Definition of Impartiality
- GB News Faces Multiple Investigations into Impartiality Violations
The watchdog stated that the interview lacked an “appropriately broad spectrum of significant views.”
GB News expressed “disappointment” with the decision and criticized Ofcom’s definition of impartiality as “vague.”
GB News argued in its submissions to Ofcom that the program, which featured numerous guests, gave “due weight” to opposing viewpoints.
The broadcaster argued that the interview was conducted “from the perspective of ‘the right'” and that it allowed for an unfettered exchange of diverse viewpoints.
This is GB News’ third violation of Ofcom regulations since its inception in June 2021.
The watchdog is currently conducting six additional investigations into potential violations of impartiality on the channel, including two more against shows hosted by the husband-and-wife duo Mr. Davies and Ms. McVey.
Unless exceptional circumstances exist, Ofcom regulations prohibit serving politicians from acting as news presenters, interviewers, or correspondents on television and radio stations. However, politicians may convene discussions regarding current events.
For Mr. Hunt’s pre-recorded Saturday Morning interview with Esther and Phil’s neutrality, Ofcom received 45 complaints on March 11.
The spring statement, which outlines the government’s economic forecasts and policy for the upcoming months, is the second most significant fiscal event in parliament after the annual Budget.
Ofcom discovered that Mr. Hunt’s interview and subsequent debate largely reflected the views of Conservative Party members.
Ofcom added, “There were very few references to broader perspectives on UK economic and fiscal policy in the context.”
Since it was current events, Ofcom said it did not infringe the rules on politicians hosting news programmes.
Ofcom, which has the authority to revoke broadcasting licenses, did not suggest any punishment for the violation of impartiality.
GB News’ spokeswoman said the broadcaster “will reflect on Ofcom’s view.”
We take compliance seriously, and we believe that this is reflected in our program.