Isles MP complains to Ofcom over ‘The Wright Stuff’ show

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By a Newsnet reporter
 
An SNP MP is to complain to the UK’s  broadcasting watchdog following remarks made by the host of a Chanel Five programme about the murder of a 16 year old boy from the Western Isles.
 
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has revealed that he will be contacting Ofcom after Mathew Wright made repeated tasteless remarks about the death of teenager Liam Aitchison.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
An SNP MP is to complain to the UK’s  broadcasting watchdog following remarks made by the host of a Chanel Five programme about the murder of a 16 year old boy from the Western Isles.
 
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has revealed that he will be contacting Ofcom after Mathew Wright made repeated tasteless remarks about the death of teenager Liam Aitchison.

In a section of the programme ‘The Wright Stuff’, host Matthew Wright when referring to the young man’s tragic death, repeatedly made tasteless references to Scottish detective series Taggart, repeating the catchphrase “There’s been a murder” in a mock Scottish accent.

Mr MacNeil said he was raising a complaint along with many of his constituents and added: “This is a very sad time for the family of Liam Aitchison, and his murder has stunned the local community.

“To see Matthew Wright making jokes about the tragedy and behaving as he did is beyond belief, and has disgusted everyone who has seen the programme.

“I hope Matthew Wright has the decency to apologise for these comments, I will be registering a strong complaint with Ofcom about this matter, and I would urge others to do the same.”

The programme caused outrage with hundreds of complaints appearing on the show’s internet site.  One comment from Laim’s father Norman read:

“Would your panel members be making a joke of this if it was one of their own children, my son’s death is no joke and I am disgusted with every single one of you on that panel, let my son rest in peace.

“Love you Liam, shine on you crazy diamond” 

The local authority is also believed to be preparing to complain to the broadcasting watchdog and Facebook campaigns have appeared calling for members of the public to do likewise.

However the under fire host caused more controversy today when, after partially apologising for the remarks, he attacked online campaigners saying “grow up folks”.

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