Love Island risking axe if bosses fail to adhere to new duty of care regime

Love Island bosses have been warned the ITV2 show could be axed by broadcast watchdog Ofcom.

Producers have introduced a lengthy new duty of care regime after the tragic suicides of two former contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and former host Caroline Flack.

But the watchdog’s director of broadcasting standards, Adam Baxter, has warned ITV2 it is being scrutinised “harder than ever” during its current season, reports OK!

He said: “We’re talking about shows like Love Island that attract a high level of media or social-media interest, involve conflict, emotionally challenging situations, or require a person to disclose life-changing or private aspects of their lives.

“We have the power in the most serious of cases to fine broadcasters or take away their licence to broadcast.”

He continued that Ofcom would only stop a channel from broadcasting “in the most exceptional of cases” to protect “freedom of expression.” But he claimed “high volumes” of complaints were expected regarding Love Island and other ITV reality shows.



Niall Aslam on Love Island
Niall Aslam on Love Island

Adam finished: “While we cannot guarantee true love for the cast of Love Island, we can assure viewers that each and every complaint is carefully looked at.”

Ofcom’s new warning for Love Island comes weeks after former contestant Niall Aslam slammed the show’s bosses, and claimed they were responsible for a psychotic episode he suffered.

The 26-year old-starred on the 2018 series of the reality dating show but left shortly after spending a week in the villa.

He alleges he wasn’t given the help he was promised before appearing on the show.

Niall acknowledged ITV’s aftercare package for Islanders but says there isn’t enough support for stars of the reality show before they enter the villa.

He continued: “It isn’t necessarily aftercare [that’s the problem], it’s pre-care. No-one talks about this. It’s the before-care, it’s the transparency and things like this that people don’t actually talk about.”