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The Beeb: Media sensationalism

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The Beeb: Media sensationalism

The BBC's BBC Three network has ordered a documentary on South African Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius and the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Meanwhile, it was ITV, not the BBC, that broadcast a documentary exposing Jimmy Savile, for decades a BBC presenter, as a serial sexual abuser.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“The story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp has captured everyone’s attention. It is hugely important.”

— BBC executive producer Steve Anderson

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