Reality TV shows to face increased scrutiny

Concerns raised over TV companies' duty of care to contestants.

Love Island: returns to ITV in June
Love Island: returns to ITV in June

The government has launched an inquiry into reality TV shows, following the death of a participant on ITV's The Jeremy Kyle Show and of two former contestants on Love Island.

ITV announced earlier today that it was axing The Jeremy Kyle Show.

The inquiry by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport will examine production companies’ duty of care to participants. It will look at whether there is enough support offered both during and after filming, and whether further regulatory oversight is needed.  

Issues that will be addressed include what psychological support production companies and broadcasters provide to participants before, during and after the production process, examples of best practice and where there is room for improvement in the support offered.

DCMS committee chair Damian Collins said: "ITV has made the right decision to permanently cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show. However, that should not be the end of the matter. There needs to be an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows and the DCMS select committee has decided to hold an inquiry this summer into these issues."