Precision: The Measure of All Things, BBC4, 17 June 2013: Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

A viewer complained that the programme misrepresented the degree to which the weight of an item changes the further away it gets from the earth. 

 

Outcome

The programme-makers acknowledged that a statement that an object weighing 370g would “hardly weigh anything at all” if taken 100,000 metres above the earth should have referred to 100,000 kilometres.  The inaccuracy was the result of human error and the relevant section of the programme was re-edited to remove the inaccuracy. The Editorial Complaints Unit considered this to be an appropriate response in the circumstances.

Resolved

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