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Ofcom investigating ITV's use of Arma 2 footage

Mistakenly presented as IRA shooting on current affairs programme

Ofcom is investigating ITV's mistaken use of footage from the Arma 2 videogame, presenting it as an IRA film from 1988.

According to the Guardian, the broadcasting watchdog is examining the incident to decide if it breaks broadcasting codes.

The video was presented during current affairs programme Exposure as real footage showing the IRA using weapons provided by Muammar Gaddafi.

"The events featured in Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA were genuine but it would appear that during the editing process the correct clip of the 1988 incident was not selected and other footage was mistakenly included in the film by producers," said an ITV spokesman at the time.

"This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologise."

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Latest comments (3)

Peter Howell Lecturer in Gaming and Computing, Fareham College5 years ago
Indeed. An unfortunate case of humans working on a program that had nothing to do with video games in any way editing footage from a game to make it look like was recorded on a camera phone and then putting it into the documentary completely accidentally.

If Ofcom come up with anything other than deciding it breaks broadcasting codes I will lose just a little more faith in humanity. Honestly, this story is utterly preposterous.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 5 years ago
Camera phones didn't exist back in 1988... that's just the quality of the VHS tape recorders :)
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Peter Howell Lecturer in Gaming and Computing, Fareham College5 years ago
Ah fair point sir - got a little carried away with my rant and forgot that rather obvious fact ~_~
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