Media secretary James Purnell MP has told broadcasters to move on from the controversies that have dogged the TV industry this year. Purnell, who was speaking at the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, said that TV produced in this country was something to be proud of, and that it was the content that would “win out”.
Purnell urged broadcasters to draw the “right lessons” from recent controversies, commenting that they need to “respect their audience”, who expect a certain standard from UK broadcasting. “You [broadcasters] need to put your house in order, and if you don’t there will be a clamour for Ofcom and the BBC Trust to take further action… I do think people feel let down. But you only get to feel let down if you hold something in high regard in the first place,” he said.