The 2nd Authority for Television and Radio, Israel’s commercial TV and Radio regulator, has commenced looking into the psychiatric treatment that is given to participants in the Israeli version of the hit prime time reality TV show “Big Brother“.
Israeli news has been flooded in recent days with the revelations that some of the participants in the “Big Brother” show were allegedly given psychiatric medicine.
Keshet, the broadcaster of the show has been asked to provide clarifications and information with regard to the matter.
The 2nd Authority for Television and Radio has said that the newspaper reports in this matter are a cause for concern and that it will look into the way participants are chosen, the medical treatment they receive and the extent of the medical treatment actually dispensed during the show.
According to an article by Shelly Pritzker of Calcalist published on the 2nd Authority for Television and Radio’s website, Keshet has stated that in the current season of the program, psychiatric treatment and medicine were not required for this season of the program and that all in all, out of one hundred participants of the program to date, only 6 have required such treatment, and that this number is lower than the national average.