Schofield says sorry for paedophile list gaffe – Daily TV round-up

Presenter in storm over 'ambushing' Prime Minister with list he'd found on the internet

Philip Schofield has apologised after he accidentally let a list of suspected Tory paedophiles he'd compiled from the internet be seen on camera on 'This Morning'.

Schofield... sorry about flashing names on 'This Morning' (Copyright: ITV)

The host sensationally produced the list on the show yesterday, confronting Prime Minister David Cameron with his findings.

But as he did so, the names on the list were briefly flashed to the camera.

Cameron, who was flustered by the ambush, then explained to Schofield the dangers of turning unfounded internet speculation into a witch hunt.

“If any viewer was able to identify anyone listed, I would like to apologise and stress that was never my intention,” said Schofield.

“I was not accusing anyone of anything and it is essential that it is understood that I would never be part of any kind of witch hunt.

“Unfortunately there may have been a misjudged camera angle for a split second as I showed the Prime Minister some information I had obtained from the internet.

“I asked for his reaction to give him the opportunity to make a point which he very clearly made about the dangers of any witch hunt.”


ITV added in a statement: “It is extremely regrettable that names may have been very briefly visible as a result of a misjudged camera angle, although most viewers would not have been able to read the list.”

Meanwhile, a Downing Street spokesperson told the Daily Mirror: “People should not be throwing about unsubstantiated allegations.

“They need to be aware that naming names could have implications for future prosecutions.”

Schofield is said to have been given a 'dressing down' by show producers and the channel's legal team for the live stunt. [Daily Mirror]

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