Sara Nathan and Paul Revoir
September 28, 2011
ITV was this evening forced to apologise after faking footage on a brand-new flagship show – using clips from a violent video game.
Network chiefs were left embarrassed after admitting that new prime-time show Exposure had used clips from Arma II, purportedly showing the IRA shooting down a British Army helicopter.
Footage of the 1988 ‘attack’ was shown to viewers on Monday night’s premiere show on ITV1, which exposed the former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi’s links with the IRA. The helicopter was seen being blasted by soldiers on a hillside, before spiralling down to earth as a voiceover stated: ‘Gaddafi weapons had upped the ante.’
But hours after Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA was broadcast, angry viewers took to the Internet and claimed that in fact, the footage had actually been taken from video game Arma II. ITV admitted the ‘human error’, as a spokesman told the Mail: ‘The events featured in Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA were genuine.