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Channel 4’s Dispatches hit with Ofcom complaints as viewers claim doc ‘misrepresented’ dads

Channel 4’s Dispatches has been bombarded with hundreds of Ofcom complaints following Torn Apart: Family Courts Uncovered, with viewers angry over the ‘misrepresentation’ of dads.

The hour-long programme aired last Tuesday, July 20, and explored the family courts system and how courts can order the police to forcibly remove children, who are not in danger, from loving homes.

Dispatches obtained disturbing and never before seen footage of police forcibly removing children from their mum at midnight, to be taken to go and live with their dad.

Many viewers, however. were upset that ‘not one father’ was represented, and flooded social media with their criticism, branding the documentary ‘sexist’ and ‘totally biased’.

‘The most biased disgrace of Dispatches I have ever seen,’ one blasted. ‘I will never be able to view these shows in the same way again. You had the option of hundreds of thousands of fathers to speak to but instead completely skewed the issue of family court in the opposite direction.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘@Channel4 your Dispatches programme is extremely sexist and only tells one side of the story from a mother’s point of view. What about the fathers’ point of view?’

Louise Tickle led the investigation into family courts (Picture: Channel 4)

In total, the television watchdog Ofcom reported 331 people complained about the programme.

This isn’t the first time Dispatches has been hit with Ofcom complaints, with last year’s documentary The Truth About Traveller Crime receiving more than 800.




The 45-minute documentary hosted by Anja Popp focused on crime allegedly perpetrated by the community in the market town of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, which is home to 9,353 people, while exploring crimes linked to traveller sites across England.

After the programme aired, national charity Friends, Families and Travellers, which works on behalf of all Gypsies, Roma and Travellers launched a complaint letter to Channel 4 and Ofcom.

Torn Apart: Family Courts Uncovered is available for catch-up on All 4.

Credit: Original article published here.

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