EXCLUSIVE: Minister for disabled people sends warning to Jeremy Kyle Show after complaint from Wirral granddad

Wirral Globe: EXCLUSIVE: Minister for disabled people sends warning to Jeremy Kyle Show after complaint from Wirral granddad EXCLUSIVE: Minister for disabled people sends warning to Jeremy Kyle Show after complaint from Wirral granddad

MINISTER for disabled people Esther McVey has fired a broadside at confrontational TV chat show host Jeremy Kyle after complaints he mocked dyslexia sufferers on air.

The Wirral West MP has written to ITV’s head of television Peter Fincham telling him broadcasters should think “long and hard” about their content.

Her call is in response to a plea from Wirral grandfather David Edwards who asked for her help in seeking a full apology from Kyle for what Mr Edwards branded as "vile" treatment of a dyslexic guest.

Mr Edwards, from Hoylake, was left shocked after watching the daytime TV presenter chastise a guest called Glyn for being unable to remember his children’s birthdays.

He claims Kyle appeared to be mocking the man for his lack of memory and claiming it could not be down to his dyslexia.

However Mr Edwards, 60, said the host should have been better informed about the full details of the condition and that the channel should never have allowed the programme to go on air.

The grandfather-of-three contacted the show's producers, who wrote back saying the incident was due to Kyle not being “fully informed on the subject matter” and that the complaint was being taken “very seriously.”

As a result the episode was pulled from the channel’s repeat schedule.

Mr Edwards said: “I am not a fan of Jeremy Kyle at all and just happened to catch it when I was visiting my daughter but couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

"This man was on the show over the breakdown of his relationship and was being humiliated by Jeremy for not being able to remember his children’s birthdates.

“The guest said it was a consequence of being dyslexic but Jeremy decided he was an expert on the condition because a ‘very good friend’ had it and it was all about reading and writing.

“Glyn was being verbally attacked and mocked all because of Jeremy’s ignorance. I found it disgusting that children could be watching this show and taking what he said to be true – it was totally wrong.”

In her letter to Mr Fincham, Ms McVey said: “Whilst I accept that the style of the show is to a degree ‘confrontational’ I believe that given the time of broadcast - daytime TV - when it can be viewed by a younger audience that efforts need to be made to ensure that Mr Kyle’s style is not seen by vulnerable viewers as the norm, leaving them to believe it is okay to launch verbal attacks on others.

“At a time when the media is in the spotlight I believe it is incumbent on all broadcasters to think long and hard about programme content, ensuring at all times that it will be seen as acceptable to the viewing public.”

She has now written to culture and media minister Ed Vaizey asking for his comments.

Mr Fincham stated that the show had a “duty of care” to participants and that while Kyle’s style of communicating is viewed “positively” by many, he “would like to apologise for any offence caused.”

But Mr Edwards said the response was “inadequate” and that Kyle should apologise himself for “misleading” viewers.

He added: “His utterly misleading comments were broadcast to a large number of viewers and the very least he should do is apologise to those viewers and take the opportunity to point out that some people dyslexia is a debilitating condition.

“I really believe that he needs to undo the harm he created. I am now going to write to the producers again to demand Kyle says sorry on television.”

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1:02pm Fri 14 Dec 12

WirralAl says...

Rich words from a Politician when they are so morally inept.
Rich words from a Politician when they are so morally inept. WirralAl

1:06pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bigfoot says...

She has taken a lazy approach to getting her name known. As minister for disabled people she should have been more proactive over Remploy and should be investigating the affairs of ATOS,who conduct the assessments and still get paid when they get it wrong!
She has taken a lazy approach to getting her name known. As minister for disabled people she should have been more proactive over Remploy and should be investigating the affairs of ATOS,who conduct the assessments and still get paid when they get it wrong! bigfoot

1:30pm Fri 14 Dec 12

EddieGremlin says...

So, our dear Esther now complains because a constituent complains - Whoop-de-do...!
How about all the government sponsored diatribe against the disabled?
Why did it take a constituent complaint, for you to act regarding Jeremy Kyles TRIPE?
Might it be the bad press and reputation you are getting?
So, our dear Esther now complains because a constituent complains - Whoop-de-do...! How about all the government sponsored diatribe against the disabled? Why did it take a constituent complaint, for you to act regarding Jeremy Kyles TRIPE? Might it be the bad press and reputation you are getting? EddieGremlin

1:52pm Fri 14 Dec 12

yogz66 says...

the same esther mcvey that already has figures for the number of disabled who will lose on on certain benefits, as teh result of a survey that has yet to be carried out?
the same esther mcvey that already has figures for the number of disabled who will lose on on certain benefits, as teh result of a survey that has yet to be carried out? yogz66

4:17pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Lurkinhead says...

The same Esther Mcvey who so spectacularly failed to acknowledge the plight of those affected by the tax on the poor which is the bedroom tax, by offering arguably the worst justification ever:

"People affected by these changes will of course have the choice of making up the shortfall to their rent themselves, or will be given the opportunity to move to a smaller property".

Qu'ils mangent de la brioche eh Esther? Thanks for the advice!!!
The same Esther Mcvey who so spectacularly failed to acknowledge the plight of those affected by the tax on the poor which is the bedroom tax, by offering arguably the worst justification ever: "People affected by these changes will of course have the choice of making up the shortfall to their rent themselves, or will be given the opportunity to move to a smaller property". Qu'ils mangent de la brioche eh Esther? Thanks for the advice!!! Lurkinhead

4:27pm Fri 14 Dec 12

red devil says...

This is the norm for these **** tv shows, they are nothing but sensation grabbers aimed at the single mum, sitting at home, smoking her cheap fags and texting mates about what she is watching, thats the section if the population this rubbish is aimed at.
This is the norm for these **** tv shows, they are nothing but sensation grabbers aimed at the single mum, sitting at home, smoking her cheap fags and texting mates about what she is watching, thats the section if the population this rubbish is aimed at. red devil

4:43pm Fri 14 Dec 12

zephsgranddad2 says...

Kyle would look quite at home on the front benches of the Blame exchange
The morals on display in the House are just as disgusting as those displayed on this disgusting TV programme
If you like that sort of entertainment watch PMQ's
Kyle would look quite at home on the front benches of the Blame exchange The morals on display in the House are just as disgusting as those displayed on this disgusting TV programme If you like that sort of entertainment watch PMQ's zephsgranddad2

12:20am Sat 15 Dec 12

tarrow says...

The ‘Jeremy Kyle’ program
Recently visiting UK I had mild illness, while sitting in hospital triage waiting room, the mentioned program showing on television. My first thought do people actual watch this rubbish. This person and his program should be removed from television is an utter and total insult, he thinks and treat individuals as fools. Sorry! If you are led into viewing and believing the script and content, there is a problem. Maybe verbal and physical violence is your thing? I think the UK media watch-dog should have a serious look at this program
The ‘Jeremy Kyle’ program Recently visiting UK I had mild illness, while sitting in hospital triage waiting room, the mentioned program showing on television. My first thought do people actual watch this rubbish. This person and his program should be removed from television is an utter and total insult, he thinks and treat individuals as fools. Sorry! If you are led into viewing and believing the script and content, there is a problem. Maybe verbal and physical violence is your thing? I think the UK media watch-dog should have a serious look at this program tarrow

1:21pm Sat 15 Dec 12

pooboy says...

a man from hoylake watching jeremy kyle? whatever next? a party on the beechwood estate for the university challenge grand final?
a man from hoylake watching jeremy kyle? whatever next? a party on the beechwood estate for the university challenge grand final? pooboy

4:01pm Sat 15 Dec 12

davide6 says...

a man from hoylake watching jeremy kyle? whatever next? a party on the beechwood estate for the university challenge grand final?..............
...............That comment has made my day! Very funny pooboy:)
a man from hoylake watching jeremy kyle? whatever next? a party on the beechwood estate for the university challenge grand final?.............. ...............That comment has made my day! Very funny pooboy:) davide6

6:57am Sun 16 Dec 12

Wirralrob says...

So, a trashy commercial TV programme starring some of the biggest people in society worthy of a good slap?

Yes.... that's Ester McVey's GMTV.
So, a trashy commercial TV programme starring some of the biggest people in society worthy of a good slap? Yes.... that's Ester McVey's GMTV. Wirralrob

10:09am Thu 20 Dec 12

bickyboy says...

In my opinion Jeremy Kyle is a bully who makes a good living out of mocking people who cannot answer back, and no level of condemnation is too great for such a seedy and despicable act. However, McVey isn't the one who should be taking on that role.

Esther McVey has zero credibility as an advocate for the disabled and she should maintain a dignified silence instead of pretending that she cares about them. She is responsible for welfare policies which will inflict misery, distress and poverty on tens of thousands of sick people, let alone on one dyslexia sufferer.


So there we have it...Kyle versus McVey. Which is more contemptible: mocking the disabled or impoverishing them? From where I sit, there doesn't appear to be much moral high ground in either case.
In my opinion Jeremy Kyle is a bully who makes a good living out of mocking people who cannot answer back, and no level of condemnation is too great for such a seedy and despicable act. However, McVey isn't the one who should be taking on that role. Esther McVey has zero credibility as an advocate for the disabled and she should maintain a dignified silence instead of pretending that she cares about them. She is responsible for welfare policies which will inflict misery, distress and poverty on tens of thousands of sick people, let alone on one dyslexia sufferer. So there we have it...Kyle versus McVey. Which is more contemptible: mocking the disabled or impoverishing them? From where I sit, there doesn't appear to be much moral high ground in either case. bickyboy

11:05am Fri 21 Dec 12

chubby00758 says...

Visiting my daughter, what a cop out. I bet he watches the program every day. What a sado, the program is meant to be inflamatory to get a reaction from people like Mr Edwards. Is Mr Kyle not allowed his opinion like any other good Englishman ? Get on with your life Mr Edwards and stop biting at programs aimed at remedials.
Visiting my daughter, what a cop out. I bet he watches the program every day. What a sado, the program is meant to be inflamatory to get a reaction from people like Mr Edwards. Is Mr Kyle not allowed his opinion like any other good Englishman ? Get on with your life Mr Edwards and stop biting at programs aimed at remedials. chubby00758

11:08am Fri 21 Dec 12

chubby00758 says...

Visiting my daughter, what a cop out. I bet he watches the program every day. What a sado, the program is meant to be inflamatory to get a reaction from people like Mr Edwards. Is Mr Kyle not allowed his opinion like any other good Englishman ? Get on with your life Mr Edwards and stop bitting at programs aimed at remedials.
Visiting my daughter, what a cop out. I bet he watches the program every day. What a sado, the program is meant to be inflamatory to get a reaction from people like Mr Edwards. Is Mr Kyle not allowed his opinion like any other good Englishman ? Get on with your life Mr Edwards and stop bitting at programs aimed at remedials. chubby00758

5:25pm Fri 21 Dec 12

davide6 says...

Kyle was not giving his opinion! He was stating what HE believed was a fact. The trouble is most of the people who watch it will take his idiotic claims as the truth. Kyle is more of a remedial than any of his guests, and much more in need of the 'help' he supposedly offers them.
Kyle was not giving his opinion! He was stating what HE believed was a fact. The trouble is most of the people who watch it will take his idiotic claims as the truth. Kyle is more of a remedial than any of his guests, and much more in need of the 'help' he supposedly offers them. davide6

5:25pm Fri 21 Dec 12

davide6 says...

Kyle was not giving his opinion! He was stating what HE believed was a fact. The trouble is most of the people who watch it will take his idiotic claims as the truth. Kyle is more of a remedial than any of his guests, and much more in need of the 'help' he supposedly offers them.
Kyle was not giving his opinion! He was stating what HE believed was a fact. The trouble is most of the people who watch it will take his idiotic claims as the truth. Kyle is more of a remedial than any of his guests, and much more in need of the 'help' he supposedly offers them. davide6

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