Could have been a 2 part series. They didn't really cover 9/11, although I suppose that story has been told many times. Didn't cover 7/7 either.
Good. Those events , particularly 9/11, were staged (if that's right word) as media spectacles, every-time footage is shown, it just serves to give another repeat showing of the horror. In my opinion footage from those events should be used very very sparingly.
As far as I'm aware, all 3 of the main TV news providers have editorial policies in place covering 9/11, which means footage can normally only be shown in bulletins and on news channels in exceptional circumstances, and only with the express permission of the most senior editor such as the Editor-in-Chief (as opposed to just Foreign News Editors and Programme Editors). It may be different around anniversaries though, for obvious reasons, and I don't think it extends to cover long-form programme formats like documentaries either.
But given the subject matter of last night's programme, I think the producers were justified in including 9/11 as an example of a news story which 'stopped the world'. It would have been remiss of them to ignore it.
Yes, I've just watched last night's programme, and I agree, it certainly should have been referred to (which it was) but the footage was suitably restrained
Interesting that the Japanese Tsunami wasn't mentioned, that was remarkable for two reasons, the first time that a Tsunami had been captured in progress with such high quality and extensive coverage, and carried live.
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