It’s all over the online news – and will be all over the headlines tomorrow – Phillip Schofield handed prime minster David Cameron a list of suspected Tory paedophiles during a live interview on ITV’s daytime show “This Morning”.
With the Jimmy Savile investigation in full swing, the show was following up rumours that senior members of the Conservative party were suspected of links to paedophilia. The research was apparently based on a trawl of the internet, and unfortunately it seems that a camera may have caught some of the names on the list Phillip tried to hand over.
David Cameron as you can imagine wasn’t best pleased and criticised Phillip’s actions, suggesting that it could lead into “a sort of witch hunt, particularly against people who are gay”.
“I’ve heard all sorts of names being bandied around and what then tends to happen is, of course, everyone sits around and speculates about people. Some of whom are alive, some of whom are dead,” said Cameron.
“I do think it’s very important that anyone who’s got any information about any paedophile no matter how high up in the country or whether they are alive or dead, go to the police.
“There is a danger, if we’re not careful, that this can turn into a sort of witch hunt, particularly against people who are gay.”
Question is though (cos this is a site about TV production!) – was that an appropriate piece of television production? There will undoubtedly be an investigation by Ofcom because if the names were visible there are serious legal implications.
It certainly got a response and will garner headlines everywhere for the show. So was it a great way to livening up a political interview on live television?
We assume there was no intention of revealing the names, the camera angle was a mistake, but it was still a risky strategy. Cameron being surprised by the piece of paper could have blurted out the names without thinking. (As it happens he refused to take or read the note).
So what do you think?
Was the show right to use that tactic or not?
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