Wilcannia residents accuse presenter of unethical behaviour, including filming people drinking heavily at a wake, but presenting it as a drunken party
The BBC has apologised for a misleading documentary on an Aboriginal community in regional Australia, after angry residents accused presenter Reggie Yates and the crew of unethical behaviour.
Yates and the independent production company, Sundog Pictures, spent some time in the New South Wales town of Wilcannia, filming the documentary Hidden Australia: Black in the Outback.
Among the accusations, Barkindji man, Owen Whyman, told the ABC the crew filmed members of the community and others drinking heavily at a wake, but presented it as a drunken party.
We like to have a beer because we dont know when were going to see each other again, and we were all in mourning, and he never said anything about that in the documentary, said Whyman.
A spokesman for the BBC told the Guardian it had spoken with Sundog Pictures about the incident, and it now understood the footage of the wake was edited in a way which is misleading.
This clearly falls below the standards we expect of program makers and for this we would like to apologise.
The BBC was speaking with everyone at Sundog Pictures who was involved with the scene to find out what happened and remind them of the BBCs editorial standards, he said.
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