Granada rejects Jackson complaints

Granada, maker of the controversial documentary on Michael Jackson, has rejected the singer’s objections to the programme after his lawyers filed a complaint of unfair treatment and infringement of privacy with television watchdogs last week.

The Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC) and the Independent Television Commission (ITC) received the complaint against Living with Michael Jackson, fronted by Martin Bashir shown on 3 February. Granada rebuffed the complaint in a statement.

“We stand by our programme. We do not believe that we have breached any regulatory codes. Claims about the appearance of Gavin [Arvezo, the child shown holding hands with Jackson] in the programme, we understand, form part of complaints lodged by Michael Jackson’s lawyers with the ITC and the BSC,” said a Granada spokesman.

“We will be responding to the regulators when they raise these complaints with us. Until then it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

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