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Ofcom clears Kay Burley over Peter Andre interview

Peter Andre
Andre did not make a complaint over the interview

A Kay Burley interview on Sky News which left pop star Peter Andre visibly upset has been found not in breach of broadcasting guidelines by Ofcom.

Upwards of 880 complaints were made over the way Burley questioned Andre about his children with Katie Price.

Andre stopped the interview after Burley asked how he would feel if his former wife's new husband Alex Reid wanted to adopt his children.

But Ofcom ruled Burley's approach was not "bullying" or "intimidating".

Ofcom said the majority of complainants were concerned by the intrusive manner in which Peter Andre was interviewed by the presenter.

'Probing and persistent'

The interview took place on the day of Price's marriage to Reid, although Andre had already been booked to come into the studio to talk about his new album.

Sky News informed Ofcom that Burley consulted Andre prior to the interview and told him that he would be asked questions about the wedding and related issues.

"It was understandable that the presenter focused on the human interest angle of the wedding by asking Andre for his reaction, and how it would impact on his children," Ofcom stated.

Kay Burley
Burley hosts Afternoon Live with Kay Burley on Sky News

The watchdog acknowledged Burley's interview style was "probing and persistent" but said "she remained overall measured in tone throughout and did not put inappropriate pressure on Andre for a response."

Ofcom also noted that Burley had apologised for any upset caused.

It also stated that Andre was a well-known professional singer with considerable experience of the media and "had previously talked candidly and frequently in public (including in television programmes) about his relationship with his former wife and his children".

Andre himself did not made a complaint about unfair treatment or unwarranted infringement of privacy to Ofcom.

Andre has two children with Price and was stepfather to her son from a previous relationship with footballer Dwight Yorke.



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