In September last year, ITV aired a documentary entitled ‘Exposure: Gaddafi and The IRA’ which was found to use ARMA 2 footage.
ITV had tried to pass off the footage of real footage of an attack by the IRA carried out in 1988. Some people complained to Ofcom about the incident, so Ofcom decided to launch an investigation to see if ITV had broken broadcasting rules. Today Ofcom announced the findings of the investigation.
We take into account that ITV: apologised; removed the programme from its catch-up video-on-demand service; and has now put in place various changes to its compliance procedures to ensure such incidents do not happen in future.
However, the viewers of this serious current affairs programme were misled as to the nature of the material they were watching.
Ofcom also states that it was “very surprised that the programme makers believed the footage of the helicopter attack was authentic.”
It doesn’t look like ITV have been fined for the code breach.