BBC upholds “napalm bomb” footage-switching complaint: decision published on BBC website

The BBC has published a summary of the Editorial Complaints Unit’s finding upholding my complaint that the substitution of Syria footage between two August 2014 broadcasts breached BBC editorial standards for Accuracy.

The summary can be found on the BBC’s website here (screengrab below).

I am pursuing an appeal with the BBC Trust in respect of matters of BBC editorial policy and practice [1] which were not addressed by the ECU’s finding. Subsequent correspondence with the ECU and the BBC Trust around these and other points is hereherehere and here. The BBC Trust’s decision on these points is here (21 September 2015). 

The questions regarding the authenticity of the original footage which are referred to in the finding are discussed here.


[1] These are the points raised in my review request of 16 June 2015 under the headings ‘Assessment of the BBC Complaints response’ (up to the end of the second bullet point) and ‘Further points for consideration of Editorial Complaints Unit’ (entire section).

About Robert Stuart

Researching the 2013 BBC Panorama documentary Saving Syria's Children and associated BBC News reports.

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