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ITV to ‘sit down and review’ Love Island series after Ofcom complaints

OHMYGOSSIP — ITV are to “sit down and review” the “reaction” to this year’s ‘Love Island’ after 5,000 complaints were made to Ofcom in the past two weeks.
The channel’s boss Kevin Lygo has vowed to look at “how well” the ITV2 dating show – which is hosted by Laura Whitmore – “has done” this year, after some viewers complained to the UK’s communications regulator over alleged misogynistic behaviour from some of the male Islanders.
When asked about the number of complaints the show has attracted this year, and whether there will be an editorial review into the programme, he said at a media briefing for ITV’s interim financial results: “We continually assess a programme as it is going on because it is one of these odd every night live sort of shows.
“But when the series comes to an end on Monday, we will always sit down and review what we think about it, what the reaction has been, how well it has done.”
But Kevin admitted ITV are “very happy” with the way this year’s series has gone, and insisted it is “the best one we have had in many years”.
He added: “And we have to say this year, remember, it is the best one we have had in many years and I think everyone is thoroughly enjoying it.
“To get five million people to watch a show every night at nine o’clock is extraordinary in the modern era, so something is being done right.
“But you are right, we must always look to improve and work on what we have done. But we are very happy with the way it has gone so far.”
Kevin’s comments come after The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition joined Women’s Aid and Refuge in calling out “misogynistic and abusive behaviour” on ‘Love Island’.
A series of tweets on the EVAW Coalition page recently read: “#LoveIsland is a cultural phenomenon, reaching millions of young people across the country. We join @WomensAid @RefugeCharity and viewers in calling out the unchecked misogynistic and abusive behaviour we see year after year
“From TV shows to the news, the media has a massive influence on our collective attitudes to sex and relationships.
It also has an important role to play in challenging harmful beliefs and behaviours rather than perpetuating them
“Popular culture has the power to create positive change and help build a world where abuse is no longer tolerated.
“With countless former #LoveIsland contestants speaking out about the endless racist and misogynistic abuse they face online, change has never been more needed”
It comes after domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid told how they were in talks with ITV about the latest series of ‘Love Island’ after viewers accused some of the Islanders of “misogyny” and “controlling behaviour”.
Domestic abuse charity Refuge have also voiced concerns about the current series.

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