Monday, December 15, 2014


For those who think errors in captions, graphics etc are a modern problem in BBC News, former newsmeister Mark Damazer has revealed his own mea culpa (to students in Oxford).

Producing a tv bulletin story in the last century, about a Russian spy, of whom there were no photographs, he suggested using a silhouette profile, to meet the requirement for an image over the newsreader's shoulder. Unfortunately, he didn't spot before broadcast that graphics had actually selected a profile shot of the Duke of Edinburgh to create the "anonymous" silhouette...

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