Furious Tories take Channel 4 to Ofcom over Boris Johnson ice sculpture meltdown – Today News


 The Tories have taken Channel 4 to Ofcom after it unveiled ice sculptures to replace Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage debate  A Conservative spokesman accusing the broadcaster of “conspiring with Jeremy Corbyn” over the event  And a Tory source threatened to “review” the broadcaster’s license, according to BuzzFeed News  Michael Gove turned up at the Channel 4 studio, offering to stand in for the Tory leader, who had not agreed to take part  The editor of Channel 4 News tweeted a photograph of Mr Gove and Boris Johnson’s father Stanley Johnson, who both turned up at the studio   Ben de Pear tweeted: “In a last ditch attempt Boris Johnson has sent his two wing men best friends Michael Gove and dad Stanley Johnson to argue their way into a programme intended only for leaders  “They were lovely and charming but neither are the leader Climate Debate”  Presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, tweeted: “It was kind of Michael Gove to turn up at Channel 4 News tonight offering to come on the Climate Debate but the other party leaders will only debate other party leaders    “We look forward to welcoming Mr Gove another time.”  Minutes before the debate began, the Conservatives launched a complaint with broadcaster regulator Ofcom  Senior spinner Lee Cain, who formerly chased Tory PM’s dodging public appearances as the Mirror Chicken, tried to get the broadcaster to deal with the issue before the programme aired In a flap, Mr Cain described the demand for the party leader to appear as an “arbitrary requirements by broadcasters”  Mr Cain was also particularly angry about the ice sculpture stunt.  He wrote: “It has even been reported that Channel 4 has commissioned an ice sculpture of the Prime Minister to represent the Conservative Party Were this the case, this would represent a significant breach of the Code through such a provocative partisan stunt, which would itself constitute making a political opinion in its own right  “This would constitute a breach of para 7.1 of the Code (“Broadcasters must avoid unjust or unfair treatment of individuals or organisations in programmes”)  He also accused the Channel 4 of a “wider pattern of bias” following Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs, describing the Prime Minister, accurately, as a liar  Mr Cain said the comments were “highly personal and unpleasant attacks” but didn’t complain about their accuracy  The letter concludes: “I would be grateful if Ofcom could consider this matter with due urgency If Ofcom takes the view that this matter could not be considered until post-broadcast, I would request that thiscomplaint is assessed subsequent to the broadcast, given the unfortunate precedents thatChannel 4’s actions may set ”  Boris Johnson tonight repeatedly refused to confirm that he will take part in a BBC interview with presenter Andrew Neil  The broadcaster has faced heavy criticism for failing to tie down the PM before going ahead with other interviews  Jeremy Corbyn faced heavy questioning from Mr Neil on Tuesday – which saw the Labour leader criticised for failing to apologise for anti-Semitism in his party and the costings of the party’s plans  It was only after, the BBC admitted that it had yet to confirm a date with Mr Johnson it faced accusations of bias online  Today, Mr Johnson was asked multiple times by if he would appear.  But he dodged the question  “I will have all sorts of interviews with all sorts of people,” he said.  A Conservative spokesman said: “We are deeply disappointed that Channel 4 News has conspired with Jeremy Corbyn to block the Conservatives from making the case for tackling climate change and protecting the environment in this evening’s debate  “Under this Government the UK was the first advanced economy in the world to legislate for a net zero target and we’ve reduced emissions faster than any other advanced economy while continuing to grow our economy ”  He added: “Broadcasters have important responsibilities to present a balanced debate representing all parties, and Michael Gove was well qualified to represent the Conservative position at this evening’s debate ”  A Tory source told BuzzFeed: “If we are re-elected we will have to review Channel 4’s Public Services Broadcasting obligations ”

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