Sky News cleared over Peter Andre

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Sky News was cleared of breaching rules by the broadcasting regulator after Peter Andre broke down during a live interview, prompting hundreds of viewers' complaints.

Ofcom found Kay Burley's interview in February was "persistent and probing" - but not "bullying and intimidating".

Peter appeared on Afternoon Live shortly after it was announced his ex-wife Katie Price, who he has two children with, had married cage-fighter Alex Reid.

The singer had been booked to appear on the show a week earlier to talk about his new album. But Kay introduced the interview by saying they'd "talk about the wedding anyway".

She said Peter was "pre-warned" that the programme had interviewed footballer Dwight Yorke, father of Katie's son Harvey. A clip from that interview was played in which Yorke criticised Peter's interest in adopting Harvey.

Kay said she wanted to show Peter the clip "because we were wondering how you might feel if Alex Reid said he wanted to adopt your kids". He appeared upset and said he didn't wish to talk about the issue and asked to cut the interview.

Ofcom received 881 complaints from viewers, the majority of whom were concerned by the "intrusive" manner in which Peter was interviewed. But neither Peter, nor anyone authorised to act on his behalf, complained of unfair treatment or infringement of privacy to the regulator.

Ofcom found it was "in keeping" with the established editorial line of the programme to ask Peter about the new marriage given that it was a major news story.

Ofcom said: "Further, it was understandable that the presenter focused on the human interest angle of the wedding by asking Peter Andre for his reaction, and how it would impact on their children."

Ofcom said Kay didn't put inappropriate pressure on Peter for a response, and concluded that "the style of interview did not breach generally accepted standards".

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