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BBC Apologizes to "Metalica" Fans


07/17/07
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(PR) When you are apologizing to fans of a band it is usually a good idea to spell the name of the band correctly. UK metalheads were a bit miffed at the BBC coverage of Live Earth because the producers decided to cut away mid-song from Metallica's performance at Wembley stadium in favor of Crowded House in Sydney. In other words, the network upset some of the very few people that actually tuned in to the "world changing" event.

The move prompted protest from a few hundred Metallica fans, so the BBC issued an apology and explanation for this decision. According to the Guardian "The BBC was at pains to point out that the decision was not taken out of 'prejudice about heavy metal music or any other music'."

"We received complaints from some viewers that the Metalica [sic] set was not shown in full," BBC said in a statement on their complaint site. "This was a global event and we were keen to reflect the other concerts as well as the one in UK.

"We took editorial decisions in advance and on the day, about the times and places we would do that." [so they decided in advance to cut off the "Metalica" set"}

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