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Woolwich Incident

Sky, BBC, ITV, CNN (May 2013)

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IS
Inspector Sands
Is a caption saying Woolwich, South East London acceptable to both domestic & international audiences?

Editorially yes, but I'd have thought that it's a bit long for most of the graphics in which it would appear
GI
ginnyfan
Plus ITV had that woman who talked to the killers on Daybreak. That clip has been shown on CNN all day long.
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Cando
Plus ITV had that woman who talked to the killers on Daybreak. That clip has been shown on CNN all day long.


Who was also paid by ITV.

Jon Snow isn't happy about it.

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@jonsnowC4
Itv stoops to dark ages cheque bk hackery to prevent Woolwich eye witnesses who've already spoken from speaking any more. Not good practice.
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Macalolo
I think ITV does have to offer some explanation or an apology at least to those who did have an issue with the footage. However at the time everything would have been in a state of confusion. It shows on ITV London when they aired the video first Charlene White announced the picture as having sound while the suspects face was blacked out. Meanwhile the news at 6.30 showed the face and sound. I imagine the hype surrounding the situation sent the newsroom into overdrive with ITN willing to output any material that came into their hands.

As for the footage itself its shocking and reminds me of something of a game such as GTA. Absolutely horrific stuff!
BR
Brekkie
We all have our different levels of tolerance but personally I don't think airing this specific footage was wrong - and in many ways obtaining the footage and then reporting on it without airing it can be more distressing with peoples imaginations creating the footage for themselves and probably imagining it to be more graphic than it actually was. The context in which the footage is aired also has to be considered - it's airing in the middle of a report on the incident to which it relates, and in many ways the report on the incident would be far more distressing for many than the footage of the culprit in the aftermath.
TM
Telly Media
Just for info, several restrictions are now in place regarding any re-use of the footage across all ITV News platforms, including pixelation of Drummer Lee Rigby's body and the bloodied hands / knives of the main suspect.

As for the manner in which the original footage may or may not have been acquired, and the decision to run the footage, it's a tough call ... I'm not really sure what my views are on this. There seem to be some pretty powerful arguments on both sides of the debate.
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chris
We all have our different levels of tolerance but personally I don't think airing this specific footage was wrong - and in many ways obtaining the footage and then reporting on it without airing it can be more distressing with peoples imaginations creating the footage for themselves and probably imagining it to be more graphic than it actually was. The context in which the footage is aired also has to be considered - it's airing in the middle of a report on the incident to which it relates, and in many ways the report on the incident would be far more distressing for many than the footage of the culprit in the aftermath.


My issue is more airing at tea time when it is perfectly feasible for children to be (accidentally) watching without parental supervision.

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