Thursday 18 January 2018

Sky News' Kay Burley in 'bullying' row after interview with Alton Towers chief gets 1,100 complaints

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A fiery exchange between Sky News presenter Kay Burley and Alton Towers’ top boss received more than 1,1000 complaints following a roller-coaster crash at the theme park last week.

The UK media regulator Ofcom said it had received 1,162 complaints about Ms Burley’s interview with Nick Varney, chief executive of Alton Towers’ owners, as she grilled him about the accident at the park which left 16 people injured, including a young woman who lost her leg.

In the interview, the Sky News presenter pressed Mr Varney to reveal whether an early report that one of the victims had lost a leg was true.  

“We are deeply sorry for the accident that happened,” he said.

Ms Burley replied: “I’m sure they are not interested in your sympathy at this stage. They went to have a fantastic day and they have potentially lost a limb – you won’t tell us if they have or not.”

Responding, Mr Varney said: “With all due respect, to be telling you stuff like that… That is absolutely personal information to those individuals and their families.”

This week, news emerged that a young woman seriously injured in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash had had her left leg amputated above the knee.

A spokesman for UK communications watchdog Ofcom said: “We have received 1,162 complaints about Kay Burley’s interview with Alton Towers chief executive Nick Varney on Sky News on June 3.

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