Getting to the Truth
Senior Members of Parliament (MPs) have vowed to uncover the hidden secrets of the British TV industry by launching a major investigation into its 'open secrets' in showbiz.
Taking Celebrities to Task
Caroline Dineage, chair of the Commons culture committee, has warned that television bosses could be summoned to Parliament to answer for their failure to protect boys and women from predatory male celebrities.
The investigation comes in the wake of shocking claims against comedian Russell Brand, 48, who has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and abuse by four women.
Government Takes Notice
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed deep concern over the allegations and encouraged victims of sexual assault to come forward.
Put to the Test
Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer will be meeting with executives from the BBC and Channel 4 to determine how they plan to address the accusations against Brand during his time as a broadcaster.
The government has made it clear that any inquiry conducted by the BBC must be transparent.
A Decades-Long Secret
Insiders in the TV and radio industry describe Brand's alleged misconduct as an 'open secret' among high-ranking executives.
Enough is Enough
Caroline Dineage, in an interview with Times Radio, stated that the committee she chairs may consider launching a comprehensive investigation into this type of behavior within the television industry.
A parliamentary inquiry could lead to BBC executives facing tough questions about allegations that news presenter Huw Edwards paid thousands to a teenager who sent him explicit images. ITV bosses may also be compelled to disclose what they knew about former This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield's six-month affair with a younger male colleague.