The Polar Bear Family and Me accused of disturbance

Jason Roberts Field producer Jason Roberts has been filming polar bears for over 20 years

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The field producer behind Frozen Planet is facing a fine from the Norwegian authorities for disturbing polar bears during filming.

Jason Roberts, who has been filming polar bears in Svalbard - the northernmost part of Norway - for over 20 years, has been told that he faces a fine of £5,800 (50,000 Norwegian krona) because of a scene he filmed for The Polar Bear Family and Me.

The BBC One series aired in January and was fronted by wildlife cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan.

The show attracted attention because of its use of a Perspex cube - effectively a see-through cage - from which to observe the bears in the wild.

In one memorable scene from the series, Buchanan is attacked by a female polar bear while he sits in the 'ice cube'.

At the time he told BBC Breakfast that he was hoping to get close to the polar bears but that perhaps he got a bit more than he bargained for.

'I just wanted be out there on the ice, by myself, and have a close encounter but, you know, it was a bit too close for comfort,' he told Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt.

The ordeal was captured on film and lasted for 40 minutes - and it's this particular sequence which has apparently aroused the attention of Norwegian authorities.

According to reports in the press, Svalbard's deputy governor has now written to Roberts and asked him to pay a fine for disturbing the bears.

The animals are protected by strict environmental guidelines on the archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

The BBC has declined to comment on the matter because it's an ongoing legal dispute.

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