The BBC has suspended any commissioning from UK-based prodco Sundog Pictures as it investigates an alleged breach of editorial standards involving a BBC3 online documentary featuring British actor Reggie Yates that launched in January.
“Following discussions with Sundog Pictures, the BBC now understands that the scene in the episode of Reggie Yates: Hidden Australia entitled Black in the Outback, which purported to be a party, included footage that had been filmed at a wake, and had been edited in a way which is misleading,” a spokesperson from the BBC said in a statement.
The BBC said this incident falls below the standards the pubcaster expects of program makers.
“We take any suggestion that the BBC’s high standards of accuracy and fairness have not been met very seriously, and will not commission any new programs from Sundog Pictures, with their agreement, while we investigate further,” the BBC said.
All current Sundog programs in production will also be reviewed.