Broadcast communications regulator OFCOM have reported that over 1,000 complaints have been placed after the controversial interview last week.

The interview with Sky News presenter, Kay Burley and Merlin Entertainments CEO, Nick Varney, took place on 5 June, and has since racked up 1,002 complaints.


Backlash: 1,002 complaints have since been filed to OFCOM regarding the broadcast.

During the interview, Ms Burley repeatedly accused several of Merlin Entertainment’s roller coasters of being unsafe after two trains collided on The Smiler on 2 June.

After the interview had been broadcast, hundreds of shocked viewers took to social media to air their views at Ms Burley’s interviewing techniques, whilst also praising Mr Varney for his handling of both the situation and the interview.

A petition to have Kay Burley sacked from Sky News was also formed shortly after the broadcast was complete, which has now attracted over 26,000 supporters.

WATCH: Sky News interview with Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney:

Dan Wright

Dan is a graduate Journalism student who has been writing for Airgates since 2015. His passion and knowledge for the theme park industry sees him visiting theme parks across the world each year, mainly in Europe. Dan has appeared on behalf of Airgates on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield to part with his theme park/roller coaster knowledge to a public audience.

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