Since July 2014 BBC Worldwide has blocked at least four full-length copies of ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ which had been posted on You Tube (details in section ‘BBC Worldwide blocks You Tube copies of ‘Saving Syria’s Children” here).
On 1 August 2014 BBC Worldwide refuted that it was “specifically blocking this Panorama and not others”, stating that its “priority is to protect the newest episodes and work backwards”.
In reply I noted that on 2 August 2014 at least 25 more recent editions of Panorama than ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ were freely available on You Tube. These programmes spanned from ‘Malala: Shot for Going to School’, broadcast on 7 October 2013 (one week after ‘Saving Syria’s Children’) to ‘Bedlam Behind Bars’, broadcast on 6 July 2014.
On 4 August 2014 BBC Worldwide offered its thanks “for highlighting those episodes of Panorama that are still live on YouTube” and stated “we will look into removing these as soon as possible”.
By 28 August 2014 only five of the editions in the sample from ‘Malala: Shot for Going to School’ and ‘Bedlam Behind Bars’ had been blocked by BBC Worldwide or otherwise removed.
As demonstrated below, as of 24 December 2014 – almost five months after the email exchange above – a total of just seven in the sample had been blocked or removed, leaving 18 of the original 25 remaining.
Note that the absence of the “play” arrow in the images below denotes that the video was playing when the screengrab was made. The final four frames include six earlier editions than ‘Malala: Shot for Going to School’, five of which also remained live as of 24/12/14.