Ofcom clears Sky clash

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The media watchdog Ofcom has rejected complaints over a live clash between Sky News's political editor, Adam Boulton, and the ex-Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

Ofcom received 1,116 complaints about the angry exchange on 10 May, soon after the election. Mr Campbell said Boulton was "obviously upset that David Cameron's not Prime Minister".

The pair continued arguing off camera as coverage moved elsewhere. Ofcom said "that this was a heated exchange by two well-known figures who would have been used to the cut and thrust of political debate. We consider that it was not unreasonable, and within the requirements of due impartiality, for Adam Boulton to defend his position."

The regulator also dismissed complaints about Sky's coverage of the leadership debate before the election and an interview that Kay Burley conducted with a voting reform supporter.