Child performers: Government to review their role in TV shows

The involvement of child contestants in TV shows, like Britain’s Got Talent, to be looked into.

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A public consultation looking at new safeguards to protect young performers has been announced. This has come after an outcry over the case of 10-year-old Hollie Steel, who cried when performing on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

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Current regulations relating to child performers are 40 years old, and don’t seem to reflect the entertainment formats we’re now so used to seeing.

The Children’s Minister Delyth Morgan has said, “We want children to develop and have exciting opportunities to participate in television and other forms of entertainment. While they are doing that, we have a duty to ensure that children are safeguarded appropriately, and that the regulations we have make sure this happens.”

The Children’s Minister also insisted that the review wasn’t related to any specific TV programme.

Hollie wasn’t the only child performer to become emotional on Britain’s Got Talent. Critics have asked that a minimum age restriction be introduced next year.

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