Gavin Scott posted:
'm sorry, but that is a very insensitive comment. Say you were the Prime Minister's son and was holidaying in the south of France. Your father is killed in a road crash and an eyewitness calls up the BBC to tell them that the PM has been killed. The BBC put it on the air straight away, and you just happen to be watching BBC World. How would you like to be informed that your father has been killed via a television set?
Come on Rob, get a grip. If you are the PM or another figure in public life then you can bet the news would make it to air in next to no time.
Rob is right. There may be many rumors but any conformation of death would not come until the close relatives had been informed. The exception would be if the news leaked out, say from a hospital spokesman, as was the case with Diana. When John Smith died the news not confirmed until his daughter, backpacking in Asia, had been located and told.