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Argentina Makes Formal Complaint


07/01/2015

Argentina Makes Formal ComplaintArgentina is unhappy with the BBC over its handling of complaints about a Top Gear special filmed in the country, as ambassador Alicia Castro described the response from the BBC’s director of television as “inadequate”.

Crew were forced to abandon filming last month amid angry protests over a car number plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War.

In a letter to the BBC Trust, the corporation’s governing body; Ms Castro said Clarkson’s behaviour in the country fell “well below” BBC editorial values, accusing them of “covering up”.

A Porsche the Top Gear team used had the registration H982 FKL, an apparent reference to the Falklands conflict. The BBC and Clarkson have maintained that the plate was a coincidence, saying that no deliberate offence had been intended.

Ms Castro pointed to the good relationship between Argentina and the BBC concerning wildlife programming, saying she hopes it will “continue to blossom” in the future. Walking Giants, presented by Sir David Attenborough, is a new one-hour documentary telling the story of the 200 fossils from seven giant dinosaurs that scientists have unearthed at a site in the deserts of Patagonia.

The BBC Trust has said it had received the letter and would be responding in due course.

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