Ofcom clears BBC and RT coverage of Ukraine plane disaster

BBC News and Russia Today have both been cleared by media regulator Ofcom over their respective coverage of the Malaysian Airlines plane crash over Ukraine.

This followed a complaint levelled at the BBC after it broadcast footage of a passenger’s passport photo during a photograph montage from the crash site, something which the broadcaster later admitted was unsuitable for broadcast. As it had apologised for the image however Ofcom considered the matter resolved.

In a statement Ofcom noted: “Having reviewed the evidence, Ofcom found the BBC took steps to limit any offence caused; including apologising and ensuring the image was not shown again in later reports. As a result we consider the matter resolved.”

Russian broadcaster RT meanwhile came under fire for the broadcast of graphic imagery of bodies at the scene but was cleared of wrongdoing as it had taken ‘sufficient steps’ to limit offence by pixelating graphic imagery and broadcasting after the watershed.

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