Dr Ranj Singh’s ‘bullying’ allegations addressed by ITV boss in MP probe
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ITV boss Magnus Brooke said “bullying is absolutely in breach of our code of conduct” after allegations from This Morning staff, including Dr Ranj Singh, 43.
At a meeting of the culture, media and sport committee on Tuesday to discuss the draft media bill, Mr Brooke, who is group director of strategy, policy and regulation at ITV, was questioned on the allegations by MP John Nicolson.
Addressing the claims, Mr Brooke responded: “We take our responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and duty of care very seriously.
“Bullying is absolutely in breach of our code of conduct, it’s very clearly set out.”
He added: “Bullying is unacceptable. If we find bullying it’s inconsistent with our policy and we expect people to report it and and we would expect it to be dealt with appropriately and it will be.”
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In response to Dr Ranj’s allegations, a spokeswoman from ITV told The Sun: “Following a complaint made by Dr Ranj, we appointed someone to carry out an external review and the review found no evidence to support the complaint of bullying.”
Last month, shortly after Phillip Schofield announced his departure from This Morning while admitting he had an affair with a younger colleague, a social media post from Ranj shares how the presenter was “increasingly worried about how things were behind-the-scenes and how people, including [him]self, were being treated”.
He told his 327,000 followers that he “genuinely loved and valued working” at the studio.
Whilst he revealed that he was unaware of “what was going on with Phillip” he stated that the “issues with TM go far beyond him”.
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The presenter added, “It takes more than one person to create a culture”.
He then claimed that when he raised his concerns, he found himself “being used less and less” by the show.
Dr Ranj’s post added that although he hoped things would change, having taken his concerns “directly to the top of ITV”, he “felt because [he] whistle-blew [he] was managed out”.
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An ITV spokesperson told Express.co.uk regarding his post: “We are sorry to read Dr Ranj’s post today.
“At ITV we are fully committed to providing every opportunity for anyone who works with us to raise any concern or comments they may have.
“Following a complaint made by Dr Ranj, we appointed an external and independent advisor to carry out a review.
“This external review found no evidence of bullying or discrimination.”
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