The BBC has apologized for using footage of LeBron James instead of Kobe Bryant during a news segmenton the former LA Lakers player’s unexpected death.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, died in a helicopter crash at age 41 on Sunday alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. Nine people died in the crash in Calabasas, California.
The BBC News at 10 told viewers this while showing a photograph of Bryant with his daughter.
But it then aired a clip which appeared to show current Lakers player James walking off the court, having recently topped Bryant’s personal NBA scoring record of 33,643 points. James currently has 33,655 points.
BuzzFeed’s Deputy World News Editor Matthew Champion tweeted the video of segment, saying: “I genuinely cannot believe that the actual BBC News at 10 just did this.”
—Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) January 26, 2020
Sky News presenter Mark Austin added: “Dear @BBCNews … that was LeBron James in your Ten o’clock News piece not Kobe Bryant.”
At the end of the bulletin, Reeta Chakrabarti, who was reading the news for the BBC at the tim