02 December 2019 16:39
A family were seen referring to the former first minister, who is facing a sexual assault trial. The Siddiqui family are regularly on Gogglebox. Channel 4 An episode of Channel 4's Gogglebox has been edited after it included comments about former first minister Alex Salmond, who is facing a sexual assault trial. During Friday's edition of the programme - where families are recorded watching and commenting on the previous week's television - the Siddiqui family were seen referring to Salmond while watching Question Time Leaders Special. However, the catch-up version of the programme has been edited and the comments have been cut.
A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said: "This episode of the programme has been edited and is now available on All 4." Contempt of court law means the media must not publish or broadcast anything that risks unfairly influencing a court case. Salmond is to plead not guilty to one attempted rape, 11 sexual assaults, including one with intent to rape, and two indecent assaults. Speaking outside court in November, the ex-SNP leader said he was innocent and would defend his position "vigorously". Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are. Channel 4 has edited out comments about Alex Salmond on Gogglebox following concerns they could prejudice the upcoming trial of the former SNP leader. In last Friday's episode the Siddiqui family referred to Salmond - who faces sexual assault and rape charges, which he has denied - as they were shown watching Question Time. The Guardian claims the episode has been pulled entirely - but it is still available to watch on streaming service All 4. However, it seems the specific mentions - which apparently did air during the original transmission - have been deleted from the catch-up episode. Comments were made by the Siddiquis (Credit: Channel 4) Read more: Gogglebox viewers split over whether they want to see more or less of Pete and Sophie It is believed a repeat scheduled for TV has been withdrawn. A Channel 4 spokesperson said: "This episode of the programme has been edited and is now available on All 4." This episode of the programme has been edited and is now available on All 4. On Twitter, several commenters blasted the family from Derby for making the comments, seemingly unaware that by repeating them they are also opening themselves up to criticism. Contempt of court laws - ensuring jurors are not prejudiced before and during a trial - are much stricter in Scotland than the rest of the UK. Salmond will stand trial in 2020 (Credit: SplashNews.com) Read more: Gogglebox's Jenny shocks viewers by munching on Brussels sprouts for a snack Salmond's legal team and the Scottish Crown Office are aware of the broadcast, according to the Scottish Sunday Mail. Salmond is due to stand trial in March charged with 14 offences, including an attempted rape, one intent to rape, 10 sexual assaults and two indecent assaults, allegedly committed while he was the first minister and party leader. Speaking outside court after a hearing last month, Mr Salmond said he was innocent and will defend himself "vigorously" during the trial. has approached Channel 4 for comment. - Gogglebox airs on Channel 4 on Friday nights at 9pm Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think of this story.