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BBC to apologise for airing ‘fake’ Bangalore child slavery footage
Washington, Jun 17 (Agencies):
Published on 17 Jun. 2011 10:30 PM IST
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The BBC will make an on-screen apology on BBC One to fashion chain ‘Primark’ over a ‘fake’ Panorama documentary, that had shown child slavery in the firm’s workshop in Bangalore.
The Panorama documentary, shown on BBC One on 23 June 2008, included undercover footage of three boys in a Bangalore workshop “testing” Primark brown vest tops.
The BBC has now been forced to admit that the 45-second clip was ‘not genuine’ and should not have been broadcast. It will now make an on-screen apology on BBC One, and the apology would also be displayed on the Panorama website for a week, reports.
The BBC Trust editorial standards committee said that there had been “serious editorial failures” in the programme, Primark: On The Rack, and added that: “Activity being carried out by the boys in the Bangalore footage did not appear to the committee to be genuine.”
Insisting that the programme had failed to meet “the highest standards of accuracy”, Committee chairman Alison Hastings said: “The trust would like to apologise on behalf of the BBC to Primark and to the audience at home for this rare lapse in quality.”
Meanwhile, a Primark spokesman has said that the BBC’s admission was “extraordinary”.
“Millions of people have been deceived by Panorama. Viewers who watched the programme, shoppers who were then fed the lie, sourcing experts who believed the lie, teachers and pupils who viewed the programme in lessons, have all been badly let down,” he added.

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