ITV address recent Love Island bullying and misogyny complaints 10 months ago

ITV address recent Love Island bullying and misogyny complaints

Ofcom are currently assessing a huge volume of complaints made against the reality show.

ITV has said that they will sit down and review recent complaints made about Love Island regarding bullying and misogynistic behaviour.


As Breaking News reports, Kevin Lygo, who is the managing director of ITV Studios, said that they will review the programme when it ends, but added that they are "very happy" about how the dating show has gone this season.

During a media briefing, he said: "We continually assess a programme as it is going on because it is one of these odd every night live sort of shows.

"But when the series comes to an end on Monday, we will always sit down and review what we think about it, what the reaction has been, how well it has done.


"And we have to say this year, remember, it is the best one we have had in many years and I think everyone is thoroughly enjoying it.

"To get five million people to watch a show every night at 9 o’clock is extraordinary in the modern era, so something is being done right.

"But you are right, we must always look to improve and work on what we have done. But we are very happy with the way it has gone so far."

Ofcom have received thousands of complaints in relation to this year's Love Island, and it is currently assessing them against broadcasting rules to decide if an investigation is in order.


Viewers have called out the show on social media, taking particular issue with Dami Hope and Luca Bish's treatment of Tasha Ghouri. Others claimed that Luca was exhibiting controlling behaviour in his relationship with Gemma Owen.

Earlier this month, the domestic violence charity Women's Aid said that following complaints they would be working with the TV show.

In a statement, they said: "At Women’s Aid we are being tagged into a stream of Twitter posts, with viewers of Love Island highlighting the misogyny and controlling behaviour being shown on screen.


"This is clearly more than talking about any individual contestants, and a programme based around the formation of romantic relationships must have guidelines on what behaviour is acceptable and unacceptable in those relationships.

"We are talking to ITV, and they have shared with us information on their inclusion training, but what appears to be missing is specific information on abusive relationships and an understanding of controlling behaviour in relationships."

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on Virgin Media Two and on the Virgin Media Player.