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The BBC aired old footage in a live TV program. The five-month-old footage was used in what was supposed to be a live program on trains.

On the July 11 episode of Trainspotting Live, host Peter Snow said the program was showing a train going by at the moment. However, video of that train going by was posted on YouTube back in February.

Trainspotting Live is a BBC program that focuses on watching trains pass and commentators remarking on the trains. “According to the BBC’s description of the show, Monday’s episode was ‘broadcast live from the Didcot Rail Centre in the middle of the Great Western Railway,'” the Independent reported.

“But eagle-eyed train anoraks spotted that the footage of the eight-strong convoy at Bishton Flyover near Newport, South Wales, was identical to a video posted on YouTube on February 15,” the UK Sun reported. “It showed the same eight engines in the same numbered order.”

A BBC spokesperson told iMediaEthics that the network aired an apology July 13. The BBC also said in a statement that it didn’t label the old footage as “live” but viewers might have thought it was new video. The BBC said:

“This was a simple mistake. It was made clear from the beginning of the programme that rail enthusiasts have been collecting and filming material over the last few weeks. The footage of the Class 66 was intended to show viewers what the live trainspotters were looking out for. It was not captioned as live on screen to viewers, but in the excitement of a live broadcast, it was mistakenly suggested that it was a live spot.”

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