ITV is to be investigated by Ofcom for using footage that they claimed was the IRA shooting down a helicopter with weapons supplied by Qaddafi, when it was in fact taken from a video game, Arma 2. Current affairs show, Exposure, used the video game sequence in its first episode but this was spotted by games fans after the programme was broadcast. ITV was forced to issue an apology and has said that it was “human error” rather than a deliberate choice which led to the game sequence being used. ITV also said that it did in fact have the correct footage but it was labelled incorrectly.
Ofcom’s investigation will reveal whether the incident constituted a breach of its broadcasting code.