'BBC' erroneously uses pics of Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor while covering Shashi Kapoor's death

Needless to say, people were not happy with the media house's massive blunder


Entertainment Desk December 05, 2017
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The news of legend Shashi Kapoor’s death has hit everyone hard and the whole world seems to be grieving. Having been part of plentiful international movies and projects over these years, the veteran actor’s death encouraged accolades from media houses from all around the globe.

One of those media houses was the highly commended BBC – lauded for its precise and unprejudiced reporting. However, even the best of us make ‘mistakes’ sometimes, including BBC.



During the coverage of Shashi's death, the channel made a massive blunder by airing footage of Amitabh Bachchan from Kabhi Kabhi instead of the Deewaar actor.

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However, it didn’t stop there. To make matters worse, they followed Amitabh up with a clip of Shashi’s nephew Rishi Kapoor.

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In actual fact, they failed to show Shashi's footage altogether and needless to say, people were not happy.

https://twitter.com/Maaiysa/status/937824594102276103

Individuals from around the world took to Twitter to call BBC out for its ignorance and insensitivity, and the necessary calls were made to make sure the channel knew exactly how insulting their error was.



The British media giant was also criticised for executing the 'all brown people look the same' stereotype. Therefore, numerous people suggested that they take the necessary steps to promote diversity within BBC’s offices in order to prevent and avoid mistakes such as this in the future.

https://twitter.com/Lurganexile/status/937824763820544000



Ultimately, news editor Paul Royall apologised for messing up.



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