LONDON — The U.K.’s broadcasting regulator rejected a complaint from the Conservatives that Boris Johnson was treated unfairly during a TV debate about climate change.
The prime minister refused to take part in the show last week so Channel 4 put an ice sculpture in his place, as well as that of another non-attendee, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
In their complaint, the Tories said the move was a “partisan stunt” and complained that an offer by Cabinet Minister Michael Gove to represent the party in the debate instead of Johnson was turned down.
But the watchdog, Ofcom, said the editorial decisions by Channel 4 “ensured that the Conservatives’ viewpoint on climate and environmental issues was adequately reflected and given due weight.”
It added: “The committee also took into account that the globe ice sculpture was not a representation of the Prime Minister personally, and little editorial focus was given to it, either visually or in references made by the presenter or debate participants.”
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And it said: “The committee therefore considered that this programme, including the use of the ice sculpture, did not raise issues warranting further investigation under our due impartiality and elections rules.”