What a sniveling non-apology that they call a fabrication a "lapse in quality". What's worse is that they did not quickly attempt to investigate or resolve the dispute.


The BBC will make an on-screen apology to fashion chain Primark after a report found it was ''more likely than not'' that it included faked footage of child labour in an edition of Panorama about the firm.

Primark: On The Rack, which was shown in June 2008, investigated whether the firm could make cheap clothing without breaking ethical guidelines and included footage said to show three boys in a Bangalore workshop testing stitching in Primark clothes.

Chairman of the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee Alison Hastings said: ''The BBC's investigative journalism is rightly held in very high regard, and for more than 50 years Panorama has made a very significant contribution to that.

''But great investigative journalism must be based on the highest standards of accuracy, and this programme on Primark failed to meet those standards.

''While it's important to recognise that the programme did find evidence elsewhere that Primark was contravening its own ethical guidelines, there were still serious failings in the making of the programme.

''The Trust would like to apologise on behalf of the BBC to Primark and to the audience at home for this rare lapse in quality.''