BBC News apologises for Shashi Kapoor goof-up

Shashi kapoor
Shashi kapoor

London, Dec 6: The BBC news has apologised after using two clips of the wrong person while reporting the death of veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor.

On Monday’s News at Ten, two video clips were played as presenter Huw Edwards announced the death of the 79-year-old Bollywood star, who passed away on the same day in the evening, news agency IANS reported.

But neither of the men shown were Kapoor – one was his nephew Rishi and the other was megastar Amitabh Bachchan, a BBC report accepted on Tuesday.

Taking to twitter, the programme’s editor Paul Royall apologised on Tuesday for the error hours after the bulletin was broadcasted.

“BBC News at Ten is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset.”

But the error was criticised by some of the organisation’s own stars on social media. Adil Ray, the creator and co-writer of BBC One’s Citizen Khan said in a tweet “Someone at the BBC thought the brown person in this VT is the same person.

“BBC News at Ten is very sorry the wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. The piece did not meet its usual standards and the programme has apologised for any upset”, news agency IANS quoted citing BBC statement.

“Worse still, neither of them are the deceased actor Huw refers to. It’s poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify. Not enough care”.

Aasmah Mir, who presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4, said she was “really annoyed” by the mistake.


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