Audience complaints

19 January 2022

Complaints assessed under the Broadcasting Code.

Viewers and listeners in the UK have long enjoyed a rich heritage of broadcasting and quality programming. But sometimes you may see something on TV – or hear a programme on radio – which you find offensive or think is harmful.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, we assess it under the Broadcasting Code to see if it needs further investigation. The Code sets standards for television and radio shows and broadcasters have to follow these rules.

It is not possible for us to list every complaint we have received – but here is a list in chronological order of those programmes that received more than 50 standards complaints last week (we do not include fairness and privacy complaints in this list).

Inclusion or omission of a programme on this list is not indicative that Ofcom is investigating the broadcast. The number of complaints received is not an indication of how serious an issue is.

Complaints received between Tuesday 11 and Monday 17 January 2022

ProgrammeService Transmission date Number of complaints
Good Morning BritainITV12 January 202273
Emmerdale ITV12 January 202265

Audience complaints: 11|01|22 – 17|01|22 (PDF, 124.0 KB)


Previous audience complaints reports

Older audience complaints can be accessed via the National Archives.