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Host Host | 19:20 UK time, Wednesday, 9 July 2008

The BBC has issued a statement about the footage shown on the BBC News at Ten O'Clock last week of the shooting of a man in Jerusalem following a bulldozer attack. You can read the statement here on the BBC Complaints website.


  • Comment number 1.

    "However, on reflection, we felt that the pictures featured on Wednesday's News at Ten did not strike the right editorial balance between the demands of accuracy and the potential impact on the programme's audience."

    What exactally are the BBC saying?!? That it was a mistake to someone being shot dead??? If so, why not just say that.

  • Comment number 2.

    This is ridiculous.

    About 60 odd complaints seem to prompt an apology when 5 million others are mature and sensible enough to appreciate the violence that happening in the world right now.

    It occured well after the watershed, and is a stark reminder of unsettling and violent times in various parts of the world.


  • Comment number 3.

    The BBC team on duty at the time, decided following consideration and advice from management on time serving....

    I do not hold the BBC totally at fault for the decision to air the footage...

    Hide sight is always 20/20 and now they should have cut off the video before the activity happend.

    Forgive is a way to moved on, I accept the BBC Apology for what happend.

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  • Comment number 7.

    I'm a little unhappy the BBC has apologised. I didn't complain - and neither did approximately 4.99m other people who were watching (based on a c.5m viewers per night).

    I am almost of the sentiment that if you aren't mature enough to deal with death you shouldn't watch the news - it's a tough world out there and the original BBC decision to show the footage to a 'later evening' viewership was perfectly acceptable.

    I actually do not accept the apology of the BBC Trust/Complaints Unit ... because I see it unneccesary to apologise.

  • Comment number 8.

    The news should present the world how it really is.

    If viewers are warned of the content prior to the footage being shown, there is no reason to complain.

  • Comment number 9.

    We watch your reporting on a regular basis from Canada, finding it much more intelectually stimulating then our own CBC. Apologizing for this reporting lowers your intelectual integrity and shows a bias. Please stay the course and give us the news, raw and thought provoking, for us Canadians tuned in to your shows.

  • Comment number 10.

    I cointinue to agree with and support your editorial decision.

    I would be interested to see a proper survey of representative sample of the public to see what viewers thought about it - the tiny number of people who complained is not representative.

  • Comment number 11.

    There is a twisted and sad irony here.
    Saddam Husseins government run media and several others around the world used to be regular condemned by the Western media for showing images such as dead American soldiers in there news coverage. This coverage was clerly distorted, but the actual comments by President Bush etc were deploring the depiction of the dead.
    A few years down the line, and Western Media has learnt that nothing is as spectacular as a dead body, whether fallen troops or innocent civilians. Dead bodies being removed from earthquake hit buildings in China, the bloated floating bodies following the floods in Burma, dead Israelis (though not the hundreds of dead Lebanese and Palestinians) following a terrorist attack.
    The BBC news has adopted a spectacularist approach to news, akin to the worst of tabloidism, in its desire to chase ratings.


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