No action on Diana docu complaints


LONDON -- U.K. media regulator Ofcom has determined there is no need to act on complaints regarding Channel 4's broadcast of the documentary "Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel."

The broadcast, which was opposed by representatives of Clarence House and Princes William and Harry, showed still photographs of the princess receiving medical attention at the crash site in Paris before she died 10 years ago.

But Ofcom said that after investigating 62 complaints against the documentary, which aired June 6, it concluded that the program dealt with issues that "were clearly a matter of public interest" and did not breach Channel 4's broadcast code.

"The subject of this documentary is a highly sensitive issue and such photographs can understandably upset viewers and cause offense," Ofcom said.

"However, this was a serious piece of investigative journalism examining issues and events which remain firmly in the public consciousness. The photographs included in the program were integral to the credibility of the argument being made and corroborated firsthand testimony," the regulator concluded.

Channel 4 specialist factual programming chief Hamish Mykura, who commissioned the film, said the program had always been intended to be a serious documentary and welcomed the regulator's judgment.

"This program helped dispel some damaging myths about this tragic event. I am delighted that Ofcom agrees that we made appropriate and careful judgments in dealing with the sensitivities it involved," he said.