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Case 374 - TV company cites health and safety as reason for different camera angles

Issue

A TV company responded to viewer complaints regarding camera angles during broadcast of football match, citing ‘health and safety on the gantry’

Panel opinion

Our enquiries have discovered that the upper gantry normally used for television cameras was found to be unsafe to use during preparations for the broadcast. Alternative positions were investigated and the cameras were moved to a lower gantry. Whilst the coverage of the game was not of the quality that viewers would normally expect, it was appropriate to use safety as the reason. The good news is that the safety issues are being rectified so future coverage will not be affected, and full marks to the TV crew in the meantime for finding an alternative place to site the camera even if it was not of normal quality.

2015-08-28