Ofcom: ITV ArmA 2 gaff a “significant breach of audience trust”

Monday, 23 January 2012 14:43 GMT By Johnny Cullen

UK regulator Ofcom has ruled that ITV misled viewers by airing footage of Bohemia military sim ArmA 2 as real-life footage of the IRA shooting down a British Army helicopter.

Ofcom said it was “greatly concerned” that ITV had not checked the footage of the crash, as well as riot footage from Belfast that was used in the documentary Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA last September.

“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,” it said.

“However, the viewers of this serious current affairs programme were misled as to the nature of the material they were watching.”

ITV, for its part, apologised for the mistake when it first came to light following the airing of the documentary.

A total of 24 people made a complaint over the program.

Via the BBC.