Media regulator Ofcom has decided not to investigate Sky News presenter Kay Burley after 57 people complained about an interview she conducted with CAGE’s Cerie Bullivant.
Burley told Bullivant to “get over yourself” after he accused her of Islamophobia. He then walked out of the interview after Burley repeatedly asked him how he felt about the beheading of western hostages by ISIS.
“Your question is inherently Islamophobic and racist,” he told the Sky News anchor. “Nonsense, get over yourself,” replied Burley during the heated four-minute exchange on February 26 which followed CAGE’s targeting of the security services over the radicalisation of Muhammad Emwazi, aka Jihadi John.
It’s thought that the complainants raised concerns about Burley’s professionalism and “rudeness” and said that she had targeted Bullivant because he was a Muslim.
But an Ofcom spokesperson said on Monday: “Ofcom has carefully assessed a number of complaints about whether a presenter’s questioning style was appropriate during an interview about executions carried out by ISIS.
“In our view, the interviewee was able to respond to the questions, despite the presenter’s style and as a result we have not taken the matter forward for investigation.”
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