21 May 19
The Scottish Sun
ITV has begged media watchdog Ofcom for “more time” to investigate the death of a Jeremy Kyle Show guest.
Steven Dymond, 63, died from a fatal overdose after failing a love-cheat lie detector test on the since-axed programme.
Steven Dymond, 63, was found dead ten days after appearing on the Jeremy Kyle Show
He had split with his fiancée Jane Callaghan after the cheating claims were aired on the popular daytime chat show, with friends fearing he took his own life.
ITV axed the Jeremy Kyle Show in the wake of the tragedy, but it can be revealed the broadcaster has asked for more time to investigate.
The chief of the broadcasting regulator Ofcom today said the show had been asked to provide information within five working days as part of its investigation.
But Ofcom chief executive Sharon White told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee: “ITV have now asked for more time to complete their inquiries.”
Steven’s body had been found ten days after he appeared on the programme.
As part of the Ofcom investigation, the use of lie detectors on “vulnerable individuals” will be investigated.
Since Steven’s death, other guests have come forward to raise concerns over the lack of after care guests received since appearing on the show.
[quote credit=”Sharon White” credit-meta=”Ofcom chief executive”]As well as the most recent tragedy with Steve Dymond, alarm bells were particularly rung with the two suicides, Love Island, some months after the broadcasts[/quote]
Among them, pregnant mum Dawne Mair revealed how she was “intimidate” by the host after being labelled a “liar” in front of cameras.
A decorated veteran with PTSD also claimed he nearly killed himself after being branded a “disgrace” on the show.
Ofcom’s Ms White said the watchdog had been “particularly concerned about what has happened to participants after” reality TV programmes.
She added: “As well as the most recent tragedy with Steve Dymond, alarm bells were particularly rung with the two suicides, Love Island, some months after the broadcasts.”
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ITV has been accused of hypocrisy as viewers pointed out that they were still preparing to launch the new series of Love Island as planned despite two former Islanders taking their own life in the past year.
Producers for the ITV2 dating show have vowed to offer the stars and their families more welfare support after the death of Mike Thalassitis in March and Sophie Gradon last summer.
Sophie’s own mother hit out at the Jeremy Kyle Show in the wake of Steven’s death, saying: “Exploiting the susceptible, using someone unfairly for your own advantage, imposing on their vulnerability.
“This sickens me to the pit of my stomach.”
Kyle, on a £2million-a-year ITV contract, spoke out over Steven’s death, saying: “Myself and the production team are utterly devastated.”
Ofcom said it had already been looking at the possibility of tightening the rules on reality TV.
Ms White added: “I have a question about whether there’s more that needs to be done after transmission, particularly given, as we saw with Love Island, it can be months and months and months before the media and social media pressure is building and very significant on some of the participants.”
She denied the regulatory body had acted too late, saying: “As the situation has evolved, I think we are all more conscious of some of the negative side of this.”
Celebrity Big Brother last year had around 27,000 complaints, Ms White said, while Love Island had over 4,000.
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The Jeremy Kyle Show has been running on ITV since July 2005 with 16 seasons airing on a daytime schedule.
It often leads viewers divided with some questioning whether Jeremy Kyle helps his guests or subjects them to ridicule.
The presenter signed a new three-year contract with ITV worth a reported £2million a year in 2014, making him one of the country’s highest-earning daytime hosts.
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The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed after the guest’s death
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