TELLY hosts will have to pass an annual “psych test” before they can go on air in the wake of Caroline Flack’s death.
ITV and Channel 4 are among broadcasters who have introduced rigorous psychological examinations for all on-screen talent.
Anyone who fails, no matter how long they’ve been on air, will have to stand down. The move is part of an enhanced duty of care package to ensure the wellbeing of stars and reality show hopefuls.
A source said: “It is now no longer just contestants and non-famous hopefuls going on air who are being monitored. In future, all presenters and TV anchors will be undergoing yearly psych tests ahead of every series or new show.
“They will see a counsellor, have a background assessment and do a psychometric questionnaire. It will be analysed and given a red, amber or green score. Reds will not be allowed to proceed.
“Even someone in their 50s with 30 years in TV must pass a test and be deemed fit for purpose.”
AID ON WAY
WE felt as if we knew Caroline Flack. That’s the problem with the familiarity of celebrity.
My own time on I’m a Celeb . . . was not a good experience. The lies written about me hurt me and my family.
Every one of us has a duty of care to those who are vulnerable. We, the Government, will back this with an extra £2.3billion a year for NHS mental health services — the largest ever investment.
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TV psychological tests have been used since Big Brother aired on Channel 4 from 2000 onwards, but only for non-celebs before now. The new measures follow the suicide of Love Island host Caroline last Saturday aged 40.
Meanwhile, Suicide Prevention Minister Nadine Dorries has ordered a probe into whether executives fulfil their duty of care towards top stars.
More than a million people are set to tune into tonight’s Love Island final. Paige Turley and Finn Tapp are favourites to share the £50,000 prize.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society - from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others... You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support: