Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, July 27, 2007

BBC to Treasury: Sorry

The BBC, through its News Director Helen Boaden, has apologized over the editing of a recent Newsnight piece that misrepresented now Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his staff while he was still head of the Treasury. Through the sequencing of scenes in the 12 minute report, it seems as though a Treasury press officer is objecting to the reporter shown in the piece and calling the police to question him, after an initial confrontation. In fact, the events happened in reverse order. Read more here in a Media Guardian story. Andrew Pierce of the Daily Telegraph notes that these are just the most recent BBC gaffes. Read more here.

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