Channel 5 show causes upset over murder comments

OFFENSIVE comments made on Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ regarding the murder of 16 year old Liam Aitchison on Lewis have angered the Western Isles community.

The daytime programme, which includes a panel who discuss and debate current affairs, made several comments making light of the horrific crime which has shocked and saddened islanders.

And although host Matthew Wright apologised for the comments this morning (Wednesday), there continues to be a huge reaction with a large number of complaints already being made to broadcast regulator Ofcom.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, has made a formal complaint to Channel 5 following what he called “crass and insensitive” as has Angus MacNeil MP.

Dr Allan commented:

“No sooner than Channel 5 had broadcast the “Wright Stuff” show yesterday (6th December) I immediately started receiving complaints about the way it had treated the news story about the murder investigation currently taking place in the Western Isles.

“Why the host of this programme thought it was appropriate to try to make a joke out of this story is utterly beyond me and is something which people throughout the islands rightly regard as reprehensible.

“I have spoken today to Channel 5 and understand that an apology was given on air today by the host of the programme. However, I have also complained in writing about the mindless and deeply hurtful way in which this tragic story was treated on this programme.”

Council Leader Angus Campbell said: “The Council and the local community find it offensive that people on a TV show joke about a young boy’s death.. Our thoughts remain with Liam’s family and friends who are suffering during this very difficult time. His tragic death should not be a subject for jokes and we will be raising the matter with Channel 5 and Ofcom as a matter of urgency.”The Gazette was contacted by many upset readers who are urging more people to complain to Ofcom.