ITV’s chief executive has been called to give evidence in parliament about the broadcaster’s approach to safeguarding and handling complaints, following Phillip Schofield’s departure.
Dame Carolyn McCall has been asked by the culture, media and sport committee (CMS) to answer questions on Wednesday 14 June.
It comes after ITV announced it had launched an external review to establish the facts around the reports of a relationship between presenter Schofield and a younger employee on This Morning.
The committee is already set to question ITV group director of strategy, policy and regulation Magnus Brooke, alongside executives from Channel 4 and Channel 5, about the draft Media Bill, in a separate session on Tuesday next week.
Schofield last week admitted to an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a younger male colleague and stepped down from his roles with ITV. He was also dropped by talent agency YMU.
Following the admission, the 61-year-old was also dropped as an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust charity, and Jane McDonald was confirmed to replace him as host of the British Soap Awards.
ITV announced the external review of the situation in a letter to Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, CMS committee chair Dame Caroline Dinenage, and Ofcom chief executive Dame Melanie Dawes.
In a written response, Dame Caroline said the media industry’s “duty of care towards its staff” was “a matter of the highest importance”.
She continued: “Whilst the recent coverage focuses on the Schofield case, it also raises fundamental issues about safeguarding and complaint handling both at ITV and more widely across the media.
“These issues should, particularly in the case of public service broadcasters, be open to scrutiny. The public must have confidence in the robustness of public service broadcasters’ safeguarding procedures.
“Whilst these are issues that we want to discuss first with ITV, we will also consider them in our regular scrutiny sessions with other public service broadcasters, including the BBC later this month and Channel 4 later in the year.”
Following reports Dame Carolyn was asked to appear at the previously scheduled session on Tuesday, it has now been confirmed that hosting the separate meeting on 14 June will allow next week’s event to focus on “its intended purpose of scrutinising the government’s draft Media Bill”.