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2 items from 2011


BBC hands back Rts award for Panorama programme on Primark

28 June 2011 8:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Corporation says it would be 'inappropriate' to keep award after BBC Trust found 'serious failings' in section of documentary

The BBC has handed back the Royal Television Society award it won for a Panorama documentary on Primark's working practices after the BBC Trust found "serious failings" in one section of the programme.

The corporation admitted late on Monday that "a serious error" was made in the production of the Panorama edition in question and it would be "inappropriate" to keep the Rts award.

This comes after the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee (Esc) upheld complaints about the documentary on 16 June when it concluded it was "more likely than not" that one section of the Panorama documentary, Primark: On the Rack, had breached the corporation's editorial guidelines.

Primark had long pursued its complaints over the 2008 documentary, which investigated the high street retailer's claim that it can deliver "cheap, fast fashion" without breaching ethical guidelines. »

- Josh Halliday

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The BBC Trust's finding on Primark is damaging for Panorama

19 June 2011 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Documentary series has an outstanding record but cannot be perceived to being compromising standards for ratings

The BBC Trust's finding against Panorama and in favour of the cheap clothing giant Primark will come as a comfort to big business and powerful vested interests everywhere. Primark is cockahoop, gleefully spinning the trust's finding that a key sequence featuring child labourers in Bangalore was "more likely than not … not authentic" as evidence the whole report was wrong – which plainly it was not.

The programme did provide evidence that Primark was guilty of breaching its own published standards on child labour in the way that it sourced cheap clothing in India. The "Bangalore footage" formed a small, but significant, section. Nevertheless for Panorama, the BBC's current affairs flagship, the trust's finding that some of the material in the programme was – and let's not mince words here – most likely faked, really couldn't be more damaging. »

- Steve Hewlett

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