The broadcasting watchdog has confirmed that 145 viewers complained about Monday’s interview with the Sage scientist, with Madeley’s questioning being deemed inappropriate.
Michie appeared on the early morning programme to discuss the benefits of wearing facemasks after the end of lockdown.
In the midst of the discussion, Madeley stunted the interview in order to ask Michie about her affiliation with the Communist Party, and if that affected her viewpoint.
When Michie tried to brush it off and continue discussing her work as a scientist, Madeley persisted: “If your politics informs your sense of control, it’s not just a medical argument, but you have a political bent to want the state to tell people what to do.”
Read more: Appalling lockdown and mask promotor Susan Michie complains that she was asked about her long-time membership of the Communist Party when her policies are the pure central state control of communism. The arrogance of this woman is without limit. Madeley is about the only mainstream host who would have asked her – the rest have peas for balls