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Kay Burley escapes investigation over April Jones volunteer interview

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Sky News presenter Kay Burley will not be investigated by Ofcom over a controversial interview in which she shocked volunteers searching for April Jones by saying that the child was not expected to be found alive.

The media regulator received more than 300 complaints about the interview, aired on October 5, that left a woman assisting in the search for the 5-year-old in tears.



Burley appeared to have wrongly assumed that the two volunteers she interviewed knew police were treating the search for the missing child as a murder investigation.

The women were left stunned by the revelation, and one was in tears. However, Burley still pushed for a response from them.

There was an outcry on Twitter about the interview, and Labour MP Tom Watson, a member of the culture committee, said that Burley's approach was "insensitive bordering on cruel".

But despite getting 309 complaints, Ofcom has decided that there was no clear breach of the broadcasting rules and so the situation does not warrant a more in-depth investigation.

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Sky News said at the time of the interview that it was clear "Kay did not start the interview with the intention of breaking the sad development" to the volunteers.

The broadcaster also insisted that the presenter had tried to "deal with it as sensitively as possible whilst continuing to offer some comfort to the interviewees".

However, this is not the first time that Burley has faced criticism. In 2010, some viewers called for her to be sacked following controversial interviews with political campaigner David Babbs and singer Peter Andre, who she also reduced to tears.

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