Ofcom has received 1,162 complaints after Kay Burley's interview with the chief executive of the company that owns theme park Alton Towers.
The media regulator said on Wednesday that 1,162 complaints had been submitted over the way Sky News broadcaster Burley interviewed Nick Varney, chief exective of Merlin Entertainment.
The Guardian quotes a spokesperson as saying: "Ofcom has received 1,162 complaints about Kay Burley’s interview with Alton Towers chief executive, Nick Varney, on Sky News on 3 June."
Ofcom will assess the complaints before deciding on an investigation.
The crash at Alton Towers on 2 June left 16 people injured. Customer Leah Washington, 17, subsequently had her leg amputated above the knee.
Burley was criticised for what some believed to be her aggressive interview style when talking to Varney.
"People were seriously injured, and there are suggestions that someone's lost a limb as a result of what happened at Alton Towers," she said. "Has somebody lost a limb on that ride?"
When Varney said that Merlin Entertainment was "deeply sorry" for the accident, Burley responded saying that she was "sure [the family] are not interested in your sympathy at this stage."
However, Burley was quick to defend herself after the interview, saying that she was sure Varney would recover.
For those concerned I was hard on Alton Towers boss, he'll get over it. Not sure those on his ride will be so quick to recover #perspectiveKay Burley (@KayBurley) June 5, 2015
Viewers of the interview following last week's accident were critical of Burley's performance.
@KayBurley you truly are an awful interviewer, try being more professional and listening to what the people you are interviewing are sayingThe Tomster (@ChinaRockman) June 12, 2015
Good to see Kay Burley being a complete bloody idiot again. She is a disgrace to Wigan.Matt Smith (@tangohead) June 12, 2015
@KayBurley Listen to people rather than try and aggressively interrupt them. You are not a spokesperson for the people.Craig (@CB27434252) June 12, 2015
However, other have argued that a man would not be criticsed for being assertive.
Patriarchy is what gets Jeremy Paxman labelled a "legend" and Kay Burley a "bossy bitch".Pvt. Parts (@PaleCompanion) June 12, 2015
The Kay Burley petition saying she was “rude” & “patronizing” – have they never watched Sunrise w/ Eamonn Holmes? https://t.co/BFhZIWa3wmCate Sevilla (@CateSevilla) June 12, 2015
Put the same words in Paxman's mouth and we'd be praising his no nonsense questioning https://t.co/uq9ZE1csMEkadhim (@kadhimshubber) June 10, 2015