The resignation of ITV’s Phillip Schofield – and the scandal surrounding his departure – continues to wreak havoc at the channel.
Last week, the 61-year-old moderator resigned from his job as a moderator This morning when he admitted to having had an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague and lying about it.
Channel bosses are now being questioned by MPs about the scandal, while ITV has ordered a review of Phillip Schofield’s departure from the show amid reports of a “toxic” environment behind the scenes.
You can consequences The IndependentCheck out the live blog here for updates.
As questions continue to be asked, we took a look at the key players at the broadcaster involved.
Lady Carolyn McCall
McCall became ITV’s first female CEO when she joined the company in 2018. Before ITV, she was Managing Director of Guardian Media Group before heading up low-cost airline EasyJet.
McCall was awarded an OBE for services to women in business and received a Damehood in the 2016 New Year Honors List for services to the airline industry.
Last year she defended Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, claiming the duo skipped the line for the Queen’s funeral.
Following an online outcry, McCall said the couple had been “misrepresented” over the matter, stressing they were there as media representatives to film a segment This morning.
On Wednesday (31 May) the PA news agency announced that McCall had sent a letter to Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, DCMS committee chair Dame Caroline Dinenage and Ofcom chief executive Dame Melanie Dawes, following Schofield’s departure from ITV.
Access unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Sign up now for a 30-day free trial
The letter said: “We have now directed Jane Mulcahy KC (Blackstone Chambers) to conduct an external review to establish the facts.”
“She will review our records and speak to the people involved. This work also takes into account our relevant processes and policies and assesses whether we need to change or strengthen any.
“Given that Phillip has admitted the extent of his deception, work will extend to any related issues that may arise. This work will be done as soon as possible and we will be happy to share the result.”
Lygo is ITV’s Managing Director Media and Entertainment and joined ITV in 2010 as Managing Director of ITV Studios.
In 2016 he was appointed director of television and in late 2020 he was appointed managing director of the media and entertainment unit.
When Schofield resigned This morningbut before his ITV exit a week later, Lygo said the presenter was “undoubtedly one of the best broadcasters of his generation”.
However, after the presenter confirmed the affair, ITV said it had investigated the rumors in early 2020 but “both parties… categorically and repeatedly denied them”.
Last week, Lygo refused to answer questions about Schofield after he was followed down the street by a GB News producer who asked if there was a “cover-up” of Schofield’s affair with a young male colleague at the station.
Lygo walked away from Ben Leo and said to him, “We really have nothing more to say.”
This morning Editor Mr Frizell, who is married to journalist and broadcaster Fiona Phillips, is said to have joined the show in July 2016.
He previously worked for ITVs Permissive womenin public relations and as a GMTV editor.
When reports emerged that there had been a “chilling” between Willoughby and her co-host, Schofield issued a statement praising Frizell.
In May, Schofield recountedThe sun: “My family has been through a real ordeal and Holly’s support meant the world to me – as did the support of my bosses at ITV, my editor Martin Frizell and all.” This morning family, including our amazing viewers.”
He has not spoken publicly since Schofield’s resignation.
Eamonn Holmes And Ruth Langsford
In November 2021, ITV announced that Holmes and his wife Langsford were leaving This morning after 15 years as the show’s host. Subsequently, Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond were confirmed as their successors.
Holmes joined GB News while Langford continued to collaborate as a panelist for ITV Permissive women.
Holly and Phil don’t know the names of This Morning crew, says Eamonn Holmes
In a new interview with GB News, Holmes claimed the Schofield affair was “completely covered up” and accused his former colleague of “toxicity”. He also said that Willoughby should follow Schofield “out the door.”
Holmes added that he and Langsford – who were there This morning on the day Schofield went live on the airwaves in February 2020 — “feeling angry” and “used” after his retirement.
In an Instagram post Monday (May 29), Schofield hit back at his critics, whose names he did not name, saying there was “no toxicity.” This morning.
He added, “I hope you’ve noticed that it’s the same handful of people who have a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.”
dr Ranj Singh
On Sunday (May 28), formerly This morning The resident doctor Dr. Ranj Singh claimed he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” on the show two years ago and afterwards felt “turned off” for whistleblowing.
The doctor who worked This morning for 10 years and participated in competitions Be sure to come dance In 2018, he said he had received assurances that his concerns would be addressed and changes would be made.
However, Singh hasn’t worked on the show since – adding that two years after complaints were filed, it “still hurts”.
An ITV spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear today’s contribution from Dr. to read Ranj. At ITV we are fully committed to giving everyone who works with us every opportunity to raise a concern or comment.
“Following a complaint from Dr. Ranj, we commissioned an external and independent consultant to carry out a review. This external review found no evidence of bullying or discrimination.”
Additional Press Association coverage