Media News - Friday, July 06, 2012
Angry German television chiefs have complained to Uefa after it was discovered that coverage of the European Championship semi-final between Germany and Italy was manipulated to show a German woman in tears when her team was two goals down when in fact she had been moved by the national anthem. When the fan alerted the German press to the faked footage, after she received texts and facebook messages from bemused friends, it was discovered that Uefa, European football's governing body which controlled the broadcast, had strategically inserted the images following a goal when they had actually been filmed much earlier. The footage aired just after Italy had scored their second goal showed slow-motion images of a woman, identified as Andrea from Dusseldorf, wiping copious tears from her cheek. But the scene had been filmed 40 minutes earlier during the singing of the national anthem, which the woman said had moved her to tears. Bosses at ARD and ZDF, Germany's state channels which broadcast the match, have called on Uefa to explain the doctored footage, saying that it risked damaging their reputation with German viewers. The TV networks had lodged a complaint with Uefa via their joint sporting rights agency, SportA, he said, calling on the governing body to resist similar "interventions" in future. Uefa has admitted playing with the footage but said it had done so only in an attempt to transmit the full emotional impact of the game on fans, to show "the human story of the game" and "to translate the emotion and tension of German fans". (The Guardian)
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