Tuesday 6 December 2016

No watchdog action against Loose Women over Harvey Price's use of c-word

Published 01/08/2016 | 12:21

Katie Price with her children including Harvey (centre left)
Katie Price with her children including Harvey (centre left)

TV watchdog Ofcom will not take action against Loose Women over the incident which saw Katie Price's disabled son, Harvey, swear live on air.

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The regulator investigated after Harvey, 14, and Price, who is a panellist on the ITV show, joined a discussion on internet trolls.

When asked about people who targeted him, Harvey, who has frequently been the subject of online abuse, used the c-word.

Ofcom said that airing the swearword before the watershed was a breach of the broadcasting code.

But it "considered the matter resolved" because steps had been taken to avoid offensive language, producers had carefully considered their duty of care to Harvey, the show is aimed at an adult audience and apologies were broadcast immediately afterwards.

The regulator said that Price had "told Harvey not to swear" and had been "fully briefed about the use of strong language on the programme".

Programme bosses had considered carrying out a pre-recorded interview but Harvey had seemed "at ease" in the studio.

During the rehearsal, when Harvey was asked how he felt when "when people say bad things", he had replied: "Harvey sad."

But live on air in the May episode, when Price had asked him: "If someone says something horrible to Harvey, what does Harvey say?"

The teen responded: "Hello, c***."

Panellist Andrea McLean apologised numerous times, adding before the show ended: "We have to apologise, obviously, for the language that you heard a little bit earlier on."

Harvey, whose father is footballer Dwight Yorke, is visually impaired, autistic and suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome.

During the episode, Price defended her decision to show the segment with Harvey live, instead of pre-recording it.

"I want people to see what he's like, not manufacture and edit what he's like," she had said.

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