BBC apologises for using wrong Remembrance Day clip


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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, central London, during a ceremony on Remembrance Sunday, 2019

The BBC has apologised for mistakenly running an out-of-date clip of Boris Johnson laying a wreath of poppies.

It said a production error led to BBC Breakfast showing images purporting to be the prime minister attending a Remembrance Day service on Sunday, when in fact the clip was from 2016.

“This was a production mistake and we apologise for the error,” the corporation said in a statement.

Some members of the public questioned the BBC’s impartiality on social media.

One user responded: “That begs the question, why was the production team looking into archive rather than the footage released yesterday? Was it a damage limitation expertise? Shame on you BBC, I have always defended you, loved you, am so disappointed.”

But LBC and former BBC presenter Shelagh Fogarty leapt to the BBC’s defence, suggesting there was nothing sinister about the mistake, which can happen in the cut and thrust of a busy news programme.

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