BBC Apologises For Using Amitabh Bachchan Clip In Shashi Kapoor Tribute

By SM.05 Dec, 2017




Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, the romantic icon of the "70s, passed away yesterday in Mumbai at the age of 79. The news of his death led to many tributes from celebrities and media houses world-over. However, the British Broadcasting Corporation or the BBC"s tribute to Shashi Kapoor has left many fuming, given that they played footage of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor while covering Mr Kapoor"s demise.

A clip of a BBC anchor talking about Shashi Kapoor while footage of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor played in the background soon made its way to Twitter.





It was sharply criticised.


Media Diversified✔@WritersofColour
- Hang on @bbcnews Shashi Kapoor has died not Amitabh Bachan or Rishi Kapoor, who you"ve weirdly used to illustrate the story.


- Shocking to note @BBC insults a veteran actor Shashi Kapoor by showing clips of @SrBachchan & @chintskap whilst reporting his death today!!!@BBC must apologize!!! Clearly they have no clue.

RIP Shashi Kapoor 🙏🙏🙏


Swapna Kashyap@SwapnaKashyap
Replying to @WritersofColour @BBCNews
Lack of knowledge & research...if you dont know the news in and out dont telecast....reporting standards should be strict and punishable


Hafsah Aneela Bashir@Hafsah_A_Bashir
Replying to @WritersofColour @BBCNews
- C"mon!!! We don"t all look the same!! 🙄🙄🙄


@paulroyall I hope you now have a photograph of the real Shashi Kapoor? Poor man can"t even rest in peace because the BBC credited another "brown person " with his work. #NotTheSame


BBC news editor Paul Royall eventually apologised on Twitter.


Paul Royall@paulroyall
#BBCNewsTen is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset.
5:07 AM - Dec 5, 2017


This, however, has not been the only case of mistaken identity. Yesterday, a news channel was trolled for writing "Shashi Tharoor" instead of "Shashi Kapoor" in a tweet about his death.