BBC promises ‘fairness’ after Strictly Come Dancing complaint reports

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BBC promises ‘fairness’ after Strictly Come Dancing complaint reports

The BBC has promised to handle any complaints with “care, fairness and sensitivity” to all sides, following reports about Giovanni Pernice’s teaching methods on Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC issued a statement on Wednesday addressing “media reports about a high profile show”, which is believed to concern Strictly Come Dancing.

It came 11 days after Pernice put out a statement, saying he was surprised by allegations about his dance teaching methods, and rejecting “any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour”.

Legal firm Carter Ruck has said it has contacted the BBC regarding “numerous serious complaints” about his alleged behaviour while filming Strictly.

The broadcaster said on Wednesday: “It is a longstanding position that the BBC does not comment on specific matters related to individuals. Nor ordinarily, would we comment on whether we are reviewing any individual complaints.

“Recently, we have seen a number of media reports about a high profile show. We would urge people not to indulge in speculation. Anyone involved in a complaint has a right to confidentiality and fair process.

“If a complaint is made to the BBC, we assess and take any necessary steps to establish the facts, whether there is a case to answer, and, if appropriate, what action should be taken.

“This is all within the context of the BBC having duties of care to everyone linked to a complaint – that applies to those that have raised the complaint and to those that have been complained about.

“Whilst we know our shows have been positive experiences for many of those who have taken part, we will always look at any issues raised with care, fairness and sensitivity to everyone concerned.

“We will not be commenting further.”

In his statement earlier this month, Pernice said he looked forward to clearing his name, and thanked fans for their support.

“Those who have followed my journey on Strictly Come Dancing over the last decade will know that I am passionate and competitive,” he added.

“No-one is more ambitious for my dance partners than me.

“I have always striven to help them be the very best dancers they can be. This has always come from a place of love and wanting to win – for me and my dance partners.”

Actress Amanda Abbington, who was Pernice’s dance partner in the last series, left the contest early.

It has been widely reported the Sherlock actress had experienced difficulties with Pernice, but she has not confirmed this to BBC News.

The line-up of professional and celebrity dancers for this year’s series of Strictly has not yet been announced.

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