BBC News was forced to apologize Sunday night after the media outlet showed video of LeBron James when reporting on the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, along with seven others. Bryant and the others were killed Sunday morning when the helicopter went down in Calabasas, Calif., just outside Los Angeles.
Besides showing video of James while speaking about Bryant’s career accomplishments, the BBC also incorrectly reported on the end of Bryant’s career, saying that his career “was cut short by injuries.” Bryant, who retired in 2016, played 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
It didn’t take long for word of the error to spread.
I genuinely cannot believe that the actual BBC News at 10 just did this pic.twitter.com/n6csMV9OOG
— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) January 26, 2020
Outlets all over the world dropped the ball today rushing to be first
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 26, 2020
An editor at BBC News sent out a tweet apologizing for the mistake, calling it human error.
In tonight’s coverage of the death of Kobe Bryant on #BBCNewsTen we mistakenly used pictures of LeBron James in one section of the report. We apologise for this human error which fell below our usual standards on the programme.
— Paul Royall (@paulroyall) January 26, 2020
The anchor, Reeta Chakrabarti, caught the error on the spot and apologized.
“Now just before we go,” Chakrabarti said, “in our coverage of the death of Kobe Bryant, in one section of the report, we mistakenly showed you pictures of another basketball player, LeBron James, and we do apologize for the error.”
For more go to BBC.com.
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