Ofcom, the communications and broadcast regulator in the UK, has initiated an investigation into the recent appearance of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on the GB News channel. During the broadcast, the prime minister fielded questions from the audience on a variety of topics. However, several complainants have raised concerns, asserting that no alternative viewpoint was presented during the program.

In response to the complaints, Ofcom released a statement confirming that approximately 500 complaints had been received regarding the GB News program that aired on February 12, 2024. The regulator disclosed that the investigation is being conducted in accordance with Rules 5.11 and 5.12 of the Broadcasting Code. These rules impose additional requirements for due impartiality on programs addressing major political controversies and significant issues related to current public policy.

Specifically, Rules 5.11 and 5.12 mandate that programs dealing with such matters must incorporate an appropriately wide range of significant views and ensure that these views are given due weight. This is to guarantee a balanced representation of perspectives in the broadcast, or in closely linked and timely programs.

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