Anger as Sky ‘empty chairs’ Tory chair­man

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election -

OFCOM may in­ves­ti­gate Sky after pre­sen­ter Kay Bur­ley ‘empty chaired’ Con­ser­va­tive Party chair­man James Clev­erly yes­ter­day.

She claimed he had missed a planned ap­pear­ance on her break­fast show, al­though he said he had not been due to ap­pear and was do­ing a ra­dio in­ter­view at the time.

Miss Bur­ley, pic­tured yes­ter­day mak­ing points to an empty chair in the broad­caster’s West­min­ster stu­dio, pro­voked 23 com­plaints to Ofcom as a re­sult of her ac­tion.

The me­dia watch­dog said: ‘We are as­sess­ing th­ese against our broad­cast­ing rules be­fore de­cid­ing whether or not to in­ves­ti­gate.’ Sit­ting next to a va­cant seat that she said was ‘sup­posed to be filled’ by Mr Clev­erly, Miss Bur­ley said: ‘Where is he? He’s prob­a­bly 15ft away from where I’m stand­ing.

‘I’ve been in to see him dur­ing the break. He said he wasn’t due to come and talk to us to­day, al­though they had said they would.’

Miss Bur­ley then listed top­ics she had hoped to dis­cuss, in­clud­ing Boris John­son’s com­par­i­son of Jeremy Cor­byn to Joseph Stalin. Mr Clev­erly later re­sponded to Miss Bur­ley’s claims, say­ing he had not been booked to go on the Sky show.

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