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Ofcom not investigating Sky News interview with Tommy Robinson despite more than 3,000 ‘bias’ complaints

Broadcast regulator Ofcom will not investigate alleged bias in a Sky News interview with Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, despite receiving more than 3,000 complaints.

Press Gazette understands that most of the 3,463 complaints came from Robinson’s supporters who allege bias and defamation of character in Sky News’ editing of the interview with the English Defence League founder. 

Robinson also recorded the interview and broadcast it in full on 27 September 2018 on his Youtube channel.

The description read: “Watch this and then watch the eight minute edit that Jason Farrell and Sky News did of this interview.  

“You will see the media agenda.  They show you what they want you to see.”

He has since called the interview “disgusting” on his Facebook page.

During the interview, Robinson discussed being found guilty of contempt of court last year and his attitudes toward Muslims and Islam.

Sky News’ was criticised by those who felt the broadcaster was giving a platform to the far-right. 

Robinson took particular issue with a Sky News piece on the interview headlined: “Tommy Robinson: I don’t care if I incite fear of Muslims”.

In a statement, an Ofcom spokesperson said: “We considered a number of complaints from viewers about Sky News’ editing of this interview.

“Broadcasters can decide how to conduct and edit interviews however they choose to, as long as the content complies with our rules.

“If the subject of any programme feels they have been unfairly represented, we would consider that separately.”

Sky News and Robinson has been contacted for comment over Ofcom’s decision not to investigate.

Broadcasters are not obliged to air full interviews under Ofcom rules as long as they comply with its rules on impartiality.

Robinson called the media “the enemy of the people” when he appeared outside the Old Bailey late last month.

His supporters chanted “scum” at journalists reporting on his contempt of court hearing.

Picture: Reuters/Andrew Winning

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29 thoughts on “Ofcom not investigating Sky News interview with Tommy Robinson despite more than 3,000 ‘bias’ complaints”

  1. The attorney general decided on the matter and his decision was in the opinion of many political and an attempt to silence the one man exposing to the world the truth about mainly Pakistani Muslim paedophile grooming gangs. If you had a daughter as a victim you may think differently particularly as there was a decades long cover up due to fear of being racist.

  2. Do some research. Don’t allow your emotive MSM filled mind to blind you from truth. Where is all the investigative journalism on our national scandal of mainly Pakistani Muslim paedophile gangs preying on hundreds of white English girls? This is an immense nationwide crime. Why is it that some people can commit such crimes and not receive the journalistic investigation that it calls for. Perhaps our MSM journalists don’t want to be seen as questioning the goodness of multiculturalism in Britain. So sad.

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