Phillip Schofield will remain a presenter on This Morning, despite being criticised for handing the Prime Minister a list of Conservative politicians allegedly linked to child sex abuse during a live broadcast.
ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham said that he had spoken to Schofield about the incident that occured last week and said that the presenter “realises his mistake.”
Speaking to ITV News, he said: “He apologised for it extremely fully and extremely quickly, and I’ve discussed that with him and I think he’s under no illusions,” said Fincham. “This was a lapse in ITV journalism – this is something we should not have done.”
Fincham said that Schofield had been subjected to “appropriate disciplinary action” but refused to divulge what he meant by the phrase.
The ITV executive also confirmed that the broadcaster had received a legal letter from Conservative peer Lord McAlpine about the incident on This Morning. Fincham said that ITV will be responding to McAlpine’s letter quickly.
Ofcom is currently investigating This Morning to determine whether the programme broke broadcasting rules by failing to provide McAlpine a right of reply after Scofield's actions apparently connected him and others with child abuse allegations.
It also emerged last night that the BBC will pay McAlpine £185,000 in damages following the broadcast of a Newsnight report about child sex abuse, which led to allegations about McAlpine being made on the internet.