For those of you who may be interested, journalist Sonia Poulton has walked out on The People’s Voice, an internet live TV channel launched by David Icke.
According to a statement on their Facebook page, Poulton threatened to walk out in the middle of her live show. The statement reads:
“Statement regarding Sonia Poulton
Sonia Poulton has decided to leave The People’s Voice today after threatening to walk out in the middle of a live show if she didn’t get her way. This was the third time that she had threatened to walk out if her view did not prevail and she chose to leave after a discussion about her behaviour during the live show and other matters.
We thank Sonia for her efforts over the last few weeks since The People’s Voice has been on air.
If TPV is going to succeed everyone must work together for the common good and treat each other with equal respect.”
As yet, Poulton has not responded to the statement either on The People’s Voice Facebook page or via her Twitter account, only stating that she will make a full statement when she has ‘gathered’ her thoughts.
Poulton was championed as a major personality on the channel since Icke recruited her last year. The occasional contributor to the Daily Mail is known for her hot headed, feet-first approach to journalism, something she seems to have taken to the channel.
Unfortunately, Poulton’s involvement with the channel has already resulted in several complaints being made to Ofcom, primarily because of her lack of journalistic integrity in researching the stories she covered, and because of her dubious personal opinions on matters such as cannabis.
It is a shame that Poulton was a major face of the channel from the beginning, which resulted in high expectations from the channel management that Poulton would integrate as part of the team and which she failed to deliver. Perhaps Poulton’s egotistical and domineering approach is something that didn’t sit too well with the rest of the team.
Now that Poulton has walked out after (apparently) throwing her dummy out of her pram, there are a tirade of comments on ‘The People’s Voice’ Facebook statement criticising the channel management for their stance. Perhaps that’s what happens when you put too many eggs in one basket and don’t do screen tests first – not everyone can handle the demands of telly just because they are a print journalist.
We always found Poulton a bit on the bad side of toxic at the expense of the fundamental mantra of The People’s Voice, which is to provide unbiased coverage of hard stories – something we think Poulton showed she had a hard time with.
It remains to be seen what will happen as a result of Poulton walking out. Hopefully The People’s Voice management will use this as a golden opportunity to re-think their programming and get people who are capable of remaining fairly neutral (of course the odd rant is ok – but not each and every evening) and professional in their conduct – oh yes – and someone who is reasonably respectful of the people they work with and their alternative views.