Love Island could be cancelled if new rules not followed 3 months ago

Love Island could be cancelled if new rules not followed

Some sad news.

We come bearing terrible news, Love Island might be on the rocks.

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Ofcom, the production company behind the show, set out new rules the show needs to follow when it comes to the aftercare of the islanders.

But if the show doesn't start to take these rules a little bit more seriously, Ofcom has the power to take them off air.

Speaking to Radio Times, Director of Broadcasting Standards Adam Baxter revealed that Love Island is now obliged to tell all contestants exactly what they're getting into when joining the show, and give them the proper support available.

Baxter said: "This means that broadcasters now have to take due care of people they feature, who might be at risk of significant harm –primarily vulnerable people and those not used to being in the public eye.

"We’re talking about shows like Love Island that attract a high level of media or social media interest, involving conflict and emotionally challenging situations, or requiring a person to disclose life-changing or private aspects of their lives.

"We have the power in the most serious of cases to fine broadcasters or take away their licence to broadcast."

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ITV confirmed before the latest series started in June that there would be new measures introduced to give support to islanders before and after their time in the villa.

All eyes are on the show as two former islanders, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, both died by suicide after appearing on the series, along with former host Caroline Flack who passed away last year.

Following their deaths, Love Island faced severe criticism over their handling of mental health and wellbeing, and the protocols in place for life after the villa.

However, this year ITV has been very transparent in how they are approaching their aftercare, and released a statement detailing exactly what islanders can expect once they leave.

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According to the channel, islanders will be given comprehensive psychological support as well as "training for all Islanders on the impacts of social media and handling potential negativity."