Friday, June 3, 2011

In your face!

ECU Ruling: East Midlands Today, BBC1 (East Midlands), 12 January 2011
Publication date: 30 May 2011


Complaint
The programme included a brief exchange between a reporter and Gonçalo Amaral (a former policeman who had worked on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and had since written a book on the case). One word in the exchange was bleeped, and the report gave the impression that this was because Sr Amaral had used offensive language about the MrCanns. A viewer complained that this was inaccurate and unfair to Sr Amaral.
Outcome
The reporter's belief, reinforced by others on the programme team who viewed the recording, was that Sr Amaral had indeed used an English phrase which included an offensive term applied to the McCanns. On further examination, however, it became clear that Sr Amaral had been speaking Portuguese, and that an inoffensive phrase had been misconstrued. Upheld
Further action
The Editor of the programme has discussed the outcome with the producer and reporter involved. In future, the team plans to use interpreters if clips from interviews are unclear.


3 comments:

mandarinn said...

Olá Claudia, nice to read you again. How are you doing?
Reading your post, i think the process is not complete, they ought to apologize Dr. Amaral.
By the way, do you know if Isabel Duarte has give back the books and the video to the legal owners?
bjs

Cláudia said...

Hello, Mandarinn.
I'm fine, thank you. Hope you're well too.
They should but I don't think they will.
I haven's asked, Mandarinn. But I will try to do it.
Bjs!
xxxx

Anonymous said...

God Bless the PJ & Goncalo Amaral,the only genuine people who tried to get to the truth of the lie,i know one day you will all be vindicated.