BBC Apologises For Putting Halo Into Syria Story

[drop2]On Thursday, the BBC news channel ran a story about Russia’s accusations towards the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Russia agrees with Amnesty International’s assertion that the Security Council hasn’t done anything like enough to help protect civil liberties protesters from regular violence and massacre at the hands of their government in the volatile state.

An important story, and one which deserves as much attention as possible.


Unfortunately, when an overworked (I assume) BBC researcher typed in “UNSC” to Google Images, they got the logo for the United Nations Space Command (UNSC). That, as yet entirely fictional, body doesn’t have much input into the humanitarian crises in Syria, what with it being made up to appear in the Halo series of videogames.

The BBC has apologised for the mistake today saying “BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast, however very occasionally mistakes do happen. Unfortunately an incorrect logo was used during a segment on last week’s News at One bulletin and we apologise to viewers for the mistake.”

No real harm done but a silly mistake and an oversight which could have been avoided.

Source: Eurogamer



  1. Haha, awesome. That’s better than the Sun having a picture of Soap for CoD in the newspaper.

  2. Haha, that is quality. Almost as good as that Grog XD thing from a few years back.

  3. I have no journalism experience so am probably over-qualified to work for the BBC.

  4. That made me chuckle. Some kid on work experience saw an opportunity for a laugh I bet.

  5. Classic!!

  6. Lol. Google images is overrun with the Halo version of UNSC though so I would understand the mistake. I wouldn’t have noticed as I’ve never played Halo and I imagine the majority of BBC News watchers wouldn’t know of the mistake either.

  7. Nice! Apparently the one in charge of the imagesearch didn’t notice that every other picture when “UNSC” is googled is Halo related with space ships and Masterchief. X-D

    His or her thoughts must have been: “Hmm… Syrian technology is far more advanced then I thought, seems like they even have a space-program.”

    • Hmm, should have read the article more thoroughly… Top part still works.

  8. Halo image mistake.

  9. it’s a shame the un doesn’t have an army of spartans.

    they’d actually be an effective peacekeeping force then.

  10. who do they need to apologise to anyway?

    was anybody actually offended by this?

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