MATV has made an on-air apology after Ofcom ruled that a live programmed aired on the channel last year was unfair.
The programme included an interview with the incumbent president of the committee of the Sri Guru Ravidass Sikh temple in Strood, Kent who was asked questions relating to the financial management of the previous temple committee. The presenter stated that when the incumbent committee took over the management of the temple, the temple�۪s treasury was found to be missing �65,000. The president of the incumbent committee responded that, ���The previous committee had taken the money; their president was involved; their secretary was involved. They did a very bad thing. You cannot do worse with your community than to steal money from the Guru�۪s house�.
Ofcom received two complaints from the president and the secretary of the time of theft. In Ofcom�۪s view, the comments made in the programme relating to Mr Mehmi as the president and Mr Chaman Lal Sandhu as the secretary of the previous committee were likely materially and adversely to affect viewers�۪ perception of them.