Shashi Kapoor: BBC News apologises for using clips of wrong Bollywood actor after his death announcement

Footage of two different actors was shown in error

Sherna Noah
Tuesday 05 December 2017 16:41
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Huw Edwards announced the death of Shashi Kapoor on the News at Ten
Huw Edwards announced the death of Shashi Kapoor on the News at Ten

BBC News at Ten has apologised after using clips of the wrong actor in a segment on the death of Shashi Kapoor.

Taking to Twitter, the programme's editor Paul Royall said the slip was not of the programme's "usual standards".

"BBC News at Ten is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor," he wrote. "Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset."

On News at Ten, video clips were played as presenter Huw Edwards announced the veteran Bollywood star had died at the age of 79, but neither of the men shown were Kapoor. One of them was actor Amitabh Bachchan.

BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live presenter Aasmah Mir wrote: "I'm really annoyed about the BBC Shashi Kapoor thing. Does anyone give a damn? If you do, please tweet the editor paulroyall."

Citizen Khan creator Adil Ray wrote: "Someone at the BBC thought the brown person in this VT is the same person. Worse still neither of them are the deceased actor Huw refers to. It's poor when it would have taken them seconds to verify. Not enough care."

Other viewers also complained.

Harini-Iyengar wrote on Twitter: "Shashi Kapoor was a megastar. The error of showing pictures of two other actors is appalling and insulting, particularly in the context of a story about death."

Azhar-bihari wrote: "Please give an apology on News at Ten tomorrow with the right picture."

Kapoor, a prolific Bollywood actor and producer from the 1970s and 80s, died after a long illness.

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