ITV chief condemns ‘absolutely disgusting’ abuse aimed at Love Island stars

ITV chief condemns 'absolutely disgusting' abuse aimed at Love Island stars

An ITV chief has branded the abuse some Love Island contestants receive on social media as "absolutely disgusting".

Managing director Angela Jain said the online world creates a "febrile atmosphere" and advised contestants to "take a break from it".

The media chief told an Edinburgh TV Festival panel covering the duty of care of broadcasters that her channel had improved its reality TV aftercare.

She said: "(Contestants) are not all social media savvy. Some don't come in with millions of followers.

"What we have introduced now is social media training for all of them when they come out.

"Some of the stuff that is said to islanders direct into their accounts is absolutely disgusting.

"We sort of give them the advice we used to give talent – and we still give talent sometimes – along with their management and professional representation."

She added: "Sometimes it's quite good to take a break from it. It is such a febrile atmosphere.

"It's so visceral, it's so direct and it's straight at you – and some of it is frankly disgusting and shouldn't be allowed."

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File photo dated 31/07/19 of Love Island couple Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard, as Maura has said that she is "very happy" with Curtis after he said he does not know what his future holds in terms of relationships.
Family and friends greet Love Island winner Greg O'Shea (centre) as the Love Island contestants arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Love Island winners (left to right) Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill along with contestants Ovie Soko and India Reynolds arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Family and friends greet Love Island winners Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill as they arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Love Island winner Amber Gill arrives at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Love Island contestants Ovie Soko and India Reynolds arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Love Island contestants Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard and winners Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea (rear left to right) greet fans as they arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Love Island runners up Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Love Island contestants Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
Love Island winners Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea greet fans as they arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex following the final of the reality TV show.
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The deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis led to increased scrutiny on ITV over the reality show's aftercare.

The broadcaster recently announced an enhanced duty of care process for participants on the show, including a minimum of eight therapy sessions.

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