Viewers are rarely afraid to voice their issues about what appears on their television and this year was no exception, as proven by Ofcom’s most complained TV shows of the 2019.
But it’s clear there’s one show that managed to cause more complaints than the rest as Love Island makes the list a grand total of three times, perhaps unsurprising considering the whole series received over 3,000 complaints.
However, despite the outrage it caused over the summer, no episode of the sizzling summer contest triggered enough complaints to make it to the number one spot.
10. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV – 278 complaints
Britain's Got Talent’s first live show of this year sparked 278 complaints to Ofcom. 214 complaints said act The Haunting was "inappropriate for a family audience", while 56 complained about Amanda Holden swearing live on air after she was spooked by a supernatural stunt.
Ofcom considered the matter resolved after looking into the incident, stating it “took into account that this was a live broadcast of an emotive performance” and on-air apologies were issued by Holden, Simon Cowell and Ant McPartlin.
9. Love Island, ITV2 – 298 complaints
An episode of Love Island which aired 25 June attracted 298 complaints, with 288 of them about the behaviour of contestants and its effect on others. Some viewers who believed contestants Amber Gill and Anna Vakili were mistreating Danny Williams.
Ofcom did not investigate the complaints.
8. Dancing on Ice, ITV – 328 complaints
While 193 objected to Collins' behaviour toward the judges, 135 viewers complained about the judges and presenters' behaviour toward Collins. Ofcom decided not to investigate the complaints.
7. Cyclists: Scourge of the Streets?, Channel 5 – 366 complaints
The Channel 5 documentary assessing the tension between motorists and cyclists triggered 366 complaints from viewers who stated the programme and its title was "biased against cyclists". Ofcom did not investigate the complaints.
6. All Out Politics, Sky News – 524 complaints
Lord Pearson prompted 524 viewers to complain to Ofcom when he appeared on All Out Politics and made comments about Muslim birthrates, saying they were "ten times faster" than that of non-Muslims. Viewers suggested the remarks could be "potentially offensive".
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Ofcom is currently investigating whether or not it breached their rules on offence.
5. Love Island, ITV2 – 700 complaints
The treatment of Lucie Donlan by her fellow Love Island contestants and partner Joe Garratt, who was accused of gaslighting her, on the ITV2 competition caused 700 complaints to be made to Ofcom. However, Ofcom did not investigate the complaints.
4. Love Island, ITV2 – 726 complaints
Love Island's most complained about moment from this year was after Maura Higgins attempted to seduce Tommy Fury by climbing atop him and trying to kiss him, with 709 out of 726 complaints for the episode referencing her "predatory behaviour". The complaints were not investigated.
3. The X Factor: Celebrity Final, ITV – 802 complaints
A performance by the reunited and scantily clad Pussycat Dolls on The X Factor: Celebrity sparked a backlash in November as viewers claimed it was "sexualised", with 802 complaints received.
The watchdog is currently assessing the complaints received over the routine.
2. Good Morning Britain, ITV - 955 complaints
The ever-divisive Piers Morgan fuelled 955 complaints when viewers felt his comments “ridiculed gender identity issues”. During a debate in response to a BBC film that said there are more than 100 genders, Morgan said he identified "as a penguin".
Ofcom "reminded ITV that strong views on issues such as sex or gender reassignment should be presented with care" before ruling that the show “did not raise issues warranting investigation”.
1. Channel 4 News, 2019 - 2,717 complaints
The show at the top spot is Channel 4 News as Jon Snow sparked 2,717 complaints to Ofcom by saying that he had “never seen so many white people in one place” after a day of rallies and protests relating to Brexit while signing off on a broadcast in March of this year.
It was found that the veteran presenter had not breached broadcasting rules.