BBC apologises after it implies death of Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor


BBC apologised on Tuesday after the video used in its tribute for Shashi Kapoor wrongly implied that Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor had died.

The BBC’s flagship programme News At 10 in its tribute for the legendary Shashi Kapoor had run the footage of Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. Soon, the video went viral on social media platforms with users criticising the British Broadcasting Corporation for its utter insensitivity.

The tweet by Aasmah, who herself is a prominent British journalist, tagging the editor of the BBC’s News At 10, prompted Paul Royall to quickly issue an apology.

Royall wrote, “#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.”

BBC’s programme in question caters to the domestic audience in the country.

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor was cremated on Tuesday in his home town Mumbai amidst fans and well-wishers paying rich tributes to the legend.

Kapoor had passed away on Monday. He was 79. Some of the biggest blockbusters he had acted were Jab Jab Phool Khile, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and Deewar. Bollywood stars have begun paying their condolences to the superstar of yesteryear.

Kapoor had chest infection in 2014 after having undergone a bypass surgery. He had withdrawn himself from the limelight and was living a secluded life.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the popular actor. “Sorry to hear of the demise of Shashi Kapoor, well-known actor, with a repertoire of Indian and international films.


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