GOOD Morning Britain has been hit by a raft of Ofcom complaints after Richard Madeley’s bold claim that he would still holiday in France despite the travel ban.
Earlier this month, the 65-year-old presenter defiantly said that he and wife Judy would be going against Government guidance and travelling to France even if it remains on the amber list.
Good Morning Britain hit by Ofcom complaints after Richard Madeley insisted he’d holiday in France despite travel banCredit: 3
Ofcom received 66 complaints about the episode that aired on June 9.
Viewers complained about Richard’s announcement that he would still travel across the channel despite the country being placed on the amber list.
They also complained about Richard laughing as President of France Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on the campaign trail.
Viewers also took a dislike to an interview on the show about students’ rights to take down a portrait of the Queen.
Earlier this month Richard got a stern warning from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick after boasting about his amber-list holiday plans.
Richard Madeley was scolded for his holiday plans
He told Richard: “The Government advice is clear Richard, and your viewers; you shouldn’t be travelling right now to any country that is on the red list or amber list.
“You can travel to the small number of countries on the green list, and we would like to expand that list… But if you’re booking holidays speculatively to place that are not on the green list then my advice would be to make sure you can get refunds or reschedule because there’s absolutely no guarantee that countries like France will be next.”
But Richard argued: “My answer to you minister would simply be that I am going to follow the rules.
The star had boasted about his upcoming amber-list holiday with wife Judy
“The amber rules do actually allow me to go to France, I will quarantine faithfully when I get back, as will my wife, and we will follow the rules that you have laid down.
“We won’t be bending them, we will be following them – I’m sorry, but the amber code is ambigious.”
Jenrick hit back: “With respect, it isn’t ambiguous; the only reasons to travel to countries on the amber list would be the most exceptional ones like you’re travelling for very important personal business, a member of family is critically ill and you want to visit them, or you had to travel for medical treatment – you shouldn’t be travelling for holidays.”
Richard wrapped up the debate by saying: “I’ll take on your advice.”
Robert Jenrick clarified the ‘ambiguous’ travel rules
At the start of the programme, the star had said: “People have to make decisions on the basis of their own assessments… I’ll give you a personal example, we’ve booked the Channel and we’re going to be driving to France at the end of July.
“We’re going to be driving to France even though it’s on the orange list. The government says, ‘You can legally go but we’d much rather you didn’t as we don’t think it’s safe’.”
“Actually, I’ve had the double jab, Judy’s had the double jab, we will quarantine when we get back…”
Susanna agreed: “And France says you can go!”
Dr Hilary previously said Richard’s travel plans were more safe than a flight
Richard went on: “So we have judged that actually it’s safe to go and we will behave responsibly when we get back.
“I’d say that six months ago we’d have gone with the government advice, but we’re getting fed up with it.”
Dr Hilary Jones assured Richard that the fact that they were driving over was much safer than typical travel.
The government advise against travel to amber countriesCredit: Reuters
He said: “If you’re in a car with the family, on the train, and driving through France and then staying at a place that’s private – that’s very safe compared to airline travel.”
People travelling to the UK from amber list countries have to quarantine for 10 days at home.
All amber list arrivals will also need a pre-arrival Covid test, as well as tests on day two and day eight of quarantine.
However, Brits can pay for a fourth test as part of the Test to Release scheme, meaning they can leave the self-isolation earlier.
While travelling to amber list countries is not banned – unlike red list countries – the government has warned against holidays to them.
Matt Hancock said that people should only travel to amber countries if “absolutely necessary” while Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “It is not somewhere you should be going on holiday, let me be very clear about that.”
Most countries are on the amber list, with Portugal – which was previously green – moved over last week.