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Last Updated: Monday, 26 September 2005, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
BBC censured for 7 July footage
London bus after explosion
Coverage of the 7 July attacks was shown on BBC One and News 24
The BBC has been criticised for broadcasting images of a man critically injured in the 7 July London bombings.

BBC One news and BBC News 24 drew 26 complaints after showing a man receiving heart massage on a stretcher.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom censured the BBC, which admitted it had not viewed the footage in its entirety before broadcasting it.

ITV and Channel 4 used the same footage but escaped censure because Ofcom felt they had sufficiently warned viewers.

'Pictures used generically'

The BBC broadcast the footage shortly before 1100 BST on 7 July.

The presenter gave a warning but introduced the images from the hospital by saying: "Let's just take a look at some of the pictures coming from the Royal London (hospital)."

Ofcom said: "It appeared to us that the pictures were used generically and the commentary did not reflect the seriousness of the images being transmitted."

Subsequent evening broadcasts on ITV and Channel 4 attracted a further nine and two viewer complaints respectively.

The BBC said the footage had been transmitted in error and apologised for any offence caused.

Broadcasting code breach

It added the film had been played without being viewed in its entirety because there had been a rush to get material on air.

It said the victim involved "was seriously injured, but not dead" and included an update on his condition later in the day.

  • BBC Radio 1 was found in breach of the broadcasting code after airing a clip of an elderly woman swearing in June.

    Presented by DJ Zane Lowe, the Most Punk show followed a language warning with the sound of an elderly woman reading a raft of swear words and sexual phrases at 1900 BST.

    The language was inappropriate "given the potential child audience for Radio 1 at this time", Ofcom said.

    The BBC said the clip was aired at the beginning of the show about punk culture because the programme was meant to be thought-provoking.

    It said under-15s typically made up only 1% of the total radio audience at that time on a weekday evening.

    But Ofcom said listeners aged between four and 14 would typically make up 14% of the total audience for Radio 1 at that time.


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