The BBC has apologised for a “misleading” documentary on an Aboriginal community in regional Australia, after angry residents accused presenter Reggie Yates and the crew of unethical behaviour.
Black in the OutBack, traveled to Australia, one of the richest nations on earth, were presenter Reggie Yates was suppose to investigate why the country’s indigenous people suffer such extreme social deprivation and inequality.
Yates and independent production company, Sundog Pictures, spent some time in the New South Wales town of Wilcannia.
Residents said Yates told them he wanted to tell a positive story, but then unfairly emphasised the town’s problems, particularly with alcohol.
“What we saw being videoed and what we saw being played are two different stories,” Brendon Adams told the ABC.
Among the accusations, Barkindji man, Owen Whyman, told the ABC the crew filmed members of the community and others drinking heavily at a wake, but presented it as a drunken party.
“We like to have a beer because we don’t know when we’re going to see each other again, and we were all in mourning, and he never said anything about that in the documentary,” said Whyman.
A spokesman for the BBC told the Guardian it had spoken with Sundog Pictures about the incident, and it now understood the footage of the wake was edited “in a way which is misleading”.
“This clearly falls below the standards we expect of program makers and for this we would like to apologise.”
The BBC was speaking with everyone at Sundog Pictures who was involved with the scene to find out what happened “and remind them of the BBC’s editorial standards”
BBC said it took seriously any suggestion that its standards of accuracy and fairness had not been met.
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