Love Island viewers complained about Hugo Hammond not being picked in one of the challenges (Picture: ITV)
Love Island has been bombarded with Ofcom complaints following its launch just over a fortnight ago.
The television watchdog has so far received a staggering 541 complaints, with a whopping 235 objecting to Hugo Hammond not being picked by any of the girls in a challenge, a moment that left many fans devastated.
A further 156 related to behaviour from the contestants towards Hugo.
Elsewhere, 12 people hit out alleging discriminatory treatment of black contestants, while 11 slammed Faye Winter’s behaviour after she clashed with Chloe Burrows in a heated row last week.
Further complaints were related to Sharon Gaffka’s comments regarding plastic surgery, where she ‘compared’ going under the knife to racism, and promotional references to cosmetic procedures.
News of the complaints comes just one day after it was revealed Ofcom could take Love Island off the air if it fails to comply with its new protections for people taking part in the series.
Sharon Gaffka ‘compared cosmetic surgery to racism’ in scenes that aired last week (Picture: ITV)
Adam Baxter, the watchdog’s Director of Broadcasting Standards, said regulations are in place to guard the well-being of participants in shows such as the ITV2 reality series including preventing programmes from being broadcasted.
The measures mean that broadcasters have a duty of care for people they feature who might be at risk of harm, such as those who are not used to being in the public eye.
What is Ofcom and what does it cover?
Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.
The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.
Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.
Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.
The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.
This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.
Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.
Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.
If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.
An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.
Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.
Speaking to Radio Times, Baxter said: ‘We have the power in the most serious of cases to fine broadcasters or take away their licence to broadcast. However, we would only use these powers in the most exceptional of cases.’
Last month, Love Island unveiled its duty of care protocols, stating contestants on the 2021 series will be offered ‘a minimum of eight therapy sessions’ on their return home from appearing on the show.
All participants will also receive training on the impact of social media and ‘how to handle potential negativity’, as well as training on financial management.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.
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