Channel 4 has refused to make an apology to the residents who feature in the controversial documentary series Benefits Street.
A number of residents who were filmed last year living on James Turner Street in Winson Green, Birmingham, have called on the broadcaster to apologise for the way they have been portrayed in the programme. Benefits Street. a five-part observational documentary launched on Channel 4 two weeks ago to ratings of 4.5 million viewers.
A live TV debate is planned to air following the fifth and final episode on Monday 10th February. Some residents have said they will not be appearing in the debate until Channel 4 apologise. Benefits Street, made by Love Productions, has caused outrage from some who view the series as ‘poverty porn’.
The Guardian reports that Channel 4 are proud of the “fair and balanced” documentary. The second episode which aired on Monday evening attracted a combined total of over 5 million viewers. A petition was launched to try and stop further episodes airing.
Benefits Street continues Monday at 9.00pm on Channel 4