WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- BBC News aired a segment on Sunday remembering the life of LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant following the shocking news of his unexpected death.
- However, as a voiceover was mentioning Bryant’s career accomplishments, images of a different LA Lakers player—LeBron James—was being shown instead.
- BBC News later expressed their apology saying the blunder was all down to human error.
BBC News apologized after mistakenly featuring footage of LeBron James in a news segment about the unexpected death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday. Apparently, the news outlet erroneously mixed up the two Los Angeles Lakers’ greats.
Bryant was among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His shocking death sent media scrambling to report the news as it unfolded.
To celebrate the life of Bryant, the BBC aired their segment using footage from the game where James passed Bryant for third place on the NBA’s career scoring list on Saturday night. However, viewers were surprised to see clips of James instead of Bryant while a voiceover enumerated the late basketball player’s achievements. During the airing, no explanation was given why viewers were seeing a different Lakers player.
I genuinely cannot believe that the actual BBC News at 10 just did this pic.twitter.com/n6csMV9OOG
— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) January 26, 2020
Critics slammed the BBC for the mix-up with some taking to Twitter to vent their anger and disgust.
HuffPost reporter Nadine White wrote: “Deeply unfortunate mix up from BBC. They got two big, Black men confused and featured Lebron James instead of late Kobe Bryant in this news segment. This only adds to our collective grief at this time.”
Later in the segment, the BBC apologized for the error on air, saying:
“In our coverage of the death of Kobe Bryant, in one section of the report, we mistakenly showed pictures of another basketball player, LeBron James… we do apologize for the error,” said anchor Reeta Chakrabarti.
Paul Royall, BBC News editor, also tweeted his apology, writing that the mistake was a ‘human error’ that is below the usual standards of the network.
Source: Fox News