Tories report C4 to Ofcom after no-show Johnson replaced with ice model

The Conservatives have reported Channel 4 to Ofcom after it used a melting ice sculpture in place of Boris Johnson.

The broadcaster displayed the studio prop after Mr Johnson failed to appear for a leaders’ debate on climate issues.

A similar melting model was used for Brexit leader Nigel Farage.

Leaders from Labour, the Lib Dems, Green, Plaid Cymru and the SNP did take part.

The Tories have complained to Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, that C4 was in breach of its code.

Tory Michael Gove did arrive at the studios, and insisted he should take up the Prime Minister’s podium.

Editor Ben de Pear said the other party leaders were asked if they would like to debate with Mr Gove and they all declined.

The letter to Ofcom, sent before the show was broadcast, said:

“It has even been reported that Channel 4 has commissioned an ice sculpture of the Prime Minister to represent the Conservative Party.

“Were this the case, this would represent a significant breach of the code through such a provocative partisan stunt, which would itself constitute making a political opinion in its own right.”


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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