The BBC has landed itself in hot water after using footage of the wrong Bollywood star in a 10 o’clock news obituary.
Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monday, aged 79, but the news program mistakenly used footage of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in their tribute to the star.
This has come just days after BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour mixed up a Japanese doctor and a Vietnamese filmmaker.
The BBC said that the mistake had happened when a junior member of the program’s production team went into the waiting area and called for Dr Riko Muranaka and Trinh T Minh-ha mistakenly stood up.
But listeners weren’t having it, describing the error as a “car crash,” with one even suggesting that “perhaps all Asians look the same to the Woman’s Hour team.”
The 10 o’clock news mix-up received similar backlash, with viewers describing it as “shocking.”
— Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) December 4, 2017
Citizen Khan (BBC comedy show) actor Adil Ray, said it was “poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify.”
Someone at the BBC thought the brown person in this VT is the same person. 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. https://t.co/iFARRcqe19
— Adil Ray OBE (@adilray) December 4, 2017
Fellow news reader, BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live presenter Aasmah Mir, also chimed in on the situation.
I'm really annoyed about the BBC Shashi Kapoor thing. DOES ANYONE GIVE A DAMN? If you do, please tweet the editor @paulroyall
— Aasmah Mir (@AasmahMir) December 4, 2017
Other viewers also complained on social media.
Shashi Kapoor was a megastar: the error of showing pictures of 2 other actors is appalling & insulting, particularly in the context of a story about death.
— Harini Iyengar (@Harini_Iyengar) December 5, 2017
Please give an apology on news at ten tomorrow with the right picture
— Azhar_Bihari (@azhar_bihari) December 5, 2017
Paul Royall who delivered the story took to Twitter to apologise for the error, saying the slip was not of the programme’s “usual standards.”
#BBCNewsTen is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset.
— Paul Royall (@paulroyall) December 4, 2017
Kapoor was a prolific Bollywood actor and producer during the 1970s and 80s, and his death came after battling a long illness.
He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 116 films. Among his most memorable films were Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie, Namak Halal, and Kaala Pathar.
Via The Telegraph