Apology from Channel 4

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The Independent Online
Channel 4 apologised yesterday for showing harrowing footage of a fatally injured climber, without his family's permission, two months after his death.

Members of the dead man's family complained to a broadcasting watchdog after watching Encounters - Mountain Rescue last May, about the work of the Lochaber mountain rescue team in the Scottish Highlands. The family said they had no idea that the footage would be shown.

The Independent Television Commission said the channel had committed a "serious misjudgement". A spokesman for Channel 4 said yesterday: "We went to great lengths to get consent and this was a genuine mistake."

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