ITV under fire for attack on teens
ITV's flagship current affairs series, Tonight With Trevor McDonald, has been accused of deliberate misrepresentation in one of its programmes, 'Ann Widdecombe v The Hoodies'.
Sir Trevor McDonald has promised to investigate the complaints personally, after community leaders and a cross-party alliance of politicians in the north London borough of Islington said Widdecombe falsely depicted the Andover estate there as a 'dump' terrorised by gangs of out-of-control youngsters.
'Ann Widdecombe was basically out to get a specific story and, by hanging around at night time and shoving her camera into the faces of young people, demanding that they account for themselves, she made sure she got it,' said Terry Stacy, deputy leader of Islington council. 'It was a cheap way to demonise young people.'