The BBC has moved swiftly to retract a live interview with an individual
claiming to be a spokesman for Dow Chemicals.
In the interview the individual admitted responsibility for the Bhopal
The interview, an elaborate deception, was carried live on BBC World
and subsequently on BBC News 24 and BBC Radio.
The individual was contacted by the BBC and, during a series of phone
calls, claimed that there would be a significant announcement to be
made on behalf of the Dow Chemical company.
He gave no further detail until the live interview, broadcast from
the BBC's Paris bureau this morning.
Following further internal enquiries, the BBC realised that the interview
was a deception and broadcast the following statement:
"This morning at 9.00 and 10.00am (GMT), BBC World ran an interview
with someone purporting to be from the Dow Chemical company about Bhopal.
"This interview was inaccurate, part of an elaborate deception.
"The person did not represent the company and we want to make
clear that the information he gave was entirely inaccurate."
The BBC also immediately contacted Dow Chemicals and apologised to
The BBC is looking into the incident to establish the background and
how the interview got to air.
A report will be made to the BBC's Deputy Director-General, Mark Byford.