Television presenter Jeremy Kyle has been called before a British Parliamentary inquiry into reality TV.
The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee launched the investigation last month after his show was pulled from the air.
ITV axed the Jeremy Kyle Show following the death of a guest a week after recording a segment in which he took a lie detector test.
This afternoon, the committee said senior executives from ITV would be the first to give evidence at the inquiry.
ITV CEO Carolyn McCall, Chairman Peter Bazalgette and Director of Content Compliance Chris Wissun will answer questions on how the show, “exercised duty of care towards participants and the wider issues facing reality TV shows.”
Mr Kyle has been given until June 13th to confirm whether or not he will attend.
Committee Chairman Damian Collins MP said: “We’re hoping that Jeremy Kyle will take this opportunity to come and answer questions about measures taken to prepare and support contestants.
“As someone who was at the centre of this long-running show, we believe that his perspective on reality TV will be of particular value to our inquiry.”
The inquiry will focus on a host of different reality TV programmes – with a special focus on Love Island – which returned to television screens this week.
It will examine the supports offered to people who take part during and after filming and look at methods for monitoring procedures.
Two former Love Island contestants took their own lives after appearing on the show.
A range of former reality TV participants on programme makers will be invited to give evidence over the coming months.
The first session will get underway on Tuesday June 25th.
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