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Wednesday, 28 June, 2000, 23:53 GMT 00:53 UK
Crash documentary 'voyeuristic'
Air crash
The BSC criticised the "repeated use" of crash footage
A documentary about aircraft tragedies has been criticised by the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC) for being voyeuristic and adding to the distress of the victims' friends and families.

The BSC received 12 complaints from viewers about the use of death as entertainment in LWT's Aircraft Emergencies.

Upholding the complaints, the BSC decided the documentary had shown a lack of respect for the victims involved.

"The repeated use of footage of air crashes which had resulted in injury and death, coupled with the dramatic nature of its presentation by the use of music and slow motion, combined to leave the viewer as voyeur," said the BSC in its monthly report.

Violent content

In its defence, LWT argued that much of the footage had been seen before and did not show close-ups of the crashes or victims.

But in its report, the BSC also pointed out that several of the complainants knew people involved in the crashes which "could have only added to their distress".

Also criticised in the commission's report was a trailer for a late night wrestling match on Channel 4.


Myra Hindley
Complaints about a BBC programme on Myra Hindley were turned down
The commission upheld viewers' complaints that the trailers for Royal Rumble did not adequately indicate the programme's violent content.

The trailers went out before the watershed and the BSC said children might have therefore been mislead into watching the show.

Further complaints about the BBC's Modern Times programme about Moors Murderer Myra Hindley were dismissed.

The programme was based on letters written by Hindley and one viewer thought the coverage was offensive.

The BSC thought the programme covered an issue of legitimate public concern.

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