Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Marsha de Cordova hit out at BBC News after the broadcaster gets the two women mixed up in Commons footage
- Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central spotted BBC blunder on footage of her colleague MP Marsha de Cordova speaking in the Commons on Monday
- Clip labelled Ms de Cordova ‘Dawn Butler, Labour Co-operative, Brent Central’
- On Twitter, Ms Butler said: ‘Marsha deserves to be called by her own name’
- BBC Parliament has apologised, saying: ‘Sometimes we incorrectly identify MPs at the moment when they stand to speak’
- Reporting on the breaking news of sports star Kobe Bryant’s death on January 26, the broadcaster showed footage of basketball player LeBron James in error
Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Marsha de Cordova have expressed anger at the BBC, after the broadcaster mixed up the two women.
BBC Parliament aired footage of Battersea MP Ms de Cordova speaking in the Commons on Monday but labelled it as ‘Dawn Butler, Labour Co-operative, Brent Central’.
Ms Butler, who is currently campaigning to become deputy leader of the Labour party, posted a screen grab of the image onto her Twitter account, criticising the mistake.
The Brent Central MP wrote: ‘I love my sister @marshdecordova but we are two different people. Marsha is amazing and deserves to be called by her own name. Diversity in the workplace matters it also helps to avoid making simple mistakes like this.’
Last month, the broadcaster faced criticism for accidentally showing footage of basketball star LeBron James while reporting on the death of sporting legend Kobe Bryant on BBC News at Ten.
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Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central shared an image on BBC News of her colleague MP Marsha de Cordova, pictured, speaking in the Commons on Monday. The broadcaster incorrectly captioned the image with Butler’s name and role
Ms Butler, pictured, who is campaigning to become deputy leader of the Labour party, said on Twitter: ‘Marsha is amazing and deserves to be called by her own name. Diversity in the workplace matters it also helps to avoid making simple mistakes like this.’
Ms de Cordova also hit back at the BBC’s error, writing: ‘This is what happens when the media does not represent the society it reports on. Representation matters. Diversity matters. This cannot continue.’
The Labour MP for Battersea added later: ‘It’s not ok at all. Still no apology from @BBCPolitics @BBCParliament @BBCNews.’
BBC Parliament apologised for the error this morning, saying: ‘We sincerely apologise for this mistake. Sometimes we incorrectly identify MPs at the moment when they stand to speak. This error was immediately corrected on screen.’
Women’s Rights Activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu commented: ‘Clearly there’s no threshold of shame for @BBCNews to keep demonstrating an ineptitude worthy of an institutionally dysfunctional organisation projecting bias & feeding negative stereotypes. Black. People. Are. Not. The. Same.’
Another Twitter user @teeleaf added: ‘I’m sorry this happened Marsha. Unacceptable and shoddy journalism.’
MailOnline has contacted BBC News for comment.
MP Marsha De Cordova pictured with Michael B. Jordan, far left, and Jamie Foxx, far right, at the House Of Lords on January 14 said she was still awaiting an apology from the BBC
On January 26th, the broadcaster came under fire for using footage of LeBron James in their news report on the death of ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant.
The 41-year-old basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, the same day.
BBC News at Ten ran a segment paying tribute to the former NBA superstar but mistakenly showed a video of LA Lakers player LeBron James on the court, rather than Bryant.
The BBC News at Ten programme came under fire after its report on the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, pictured, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash, showed footage of LeBron James
BBC News at Ten ran a segment on the passing of the former NBA superstar but mistakenly showed a video of LA Lakers player LeBron James (pictured) on the court, rather than Bryant – prompting the ire of viewers
The pair are two of the greatest players to ever play the game and just yesterday Bryant was passed by James for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Unsurprisingly the error did not go down well with viewers on social media.
One Twitter user said: ‘See that BBC News played pictures of LeBron James during the Kobe Byrant report, instead of, you know, Kobe Bryant’.
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