BBC: We're sorry for airing terrorist's death

Following numerous complaints, broadcaster apologizes for showing footage of J'lem killer being shot.

bulldozer attack kill (photo credit: Channel 10)
bulldozer attack kill
(photo credit: Channel 10)
The BBC apologized on Saturday for broadcasting images of the killing of a terrorist who drove his bulldozer into Jerusalem cars and buses on Wednesday, killing three and wounding dozens. In a statement published on its website, the BBC said it was "wrong" to screen the video and that the images failed to strike "the right editorial balance." The British broadcaster had received over 100 complaints against the footage, which showed the killer being shot from close range by an off-duty IDF soldier and a police officer. On Thursday, Craig Oliver - editor of the 10 O'Clock news bulletin that aired the footage - wrote on his blog that the footage showed a "disturbing" scene. But he said he thought it was "important and illuminating very occasionally to see the reality of violence." The footage was not shown on earlier Wednesday bulletins, Oliver added, because it would have been "too disturbing" and could have been viewed by children. The BBC acknowledged it was "not normally the BBC's policy to show the moment of death on screen…these are always extremely difficult decisions to make." "However," the statement continued, "on reflection, we felt that the pictures featured on Wednesday's News at 10 did not strike the right editorial balance between the demands of accuracy and the potential impact on the program's audience."