The Corrections

The Corrections revisits four news stories which left the public with the wrong idea about what really happened, and investigates how and why the narrative went awry.

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0101Olive The Poppy Seller20190920

When 92-year-old Olive Cooke took her own life in 2015 the story seemed clear. A kindly and vulnerable old woman had been taken advantage of by grasping charities and had killed herself when she could give no more.

The Daily Mail ran with ‘Hounded to Death’. ‘Killed by Kindness’ was The Sun’s headline. Olive’s story was covered by tabloids, broadsheets and TV and radio news programmes. It even prompted government action. But the story was wrong.

Produced and presented by Jo Fidgen and Chloe Hadjimatheou

The Corrections re-visits four news stories which left the public with an incomplete picture of what really happened.

When 92-year-old Olive Cooke took her own life in 2015 the story seemed clear. A kindly and vulnerable old woman had been taken advantage of by grasping charities and had killed herself when she could give no more.

The Daily Mail ran with ‘Hounded to Death’. ‘Killed by Kindness’ was The Sun’s headline. Olive’s story was covered by tabloids, broadsheets and TV and radio news programmes. It even prompted government action. But the story was wrong.

Produced and presented by Jo Fidgen and Chloe Hadjimatheou

The Corrections is the series which looks at how journalists tell news stories.

News stories which left the public with the wrong idea about what really happened.

0102What Really Happened In Balcombe?20190927

In 2013 the West Sussex village of Balcombe was the site of a showdown between anti-fracking protestors and the energy company Cuadrilla. Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into rock at high pressure to fracture it and release oil or gas that’s trapped there. It’s controversial. “The children of Balcombe say no to fracking!” chanted the protestors, including celebrities who turned up in support. The ‘Battle of Balcombe’ became one of the biggest stories that summer. The only problem? There was no fracking at Balcombe.

In 2013 the West Sussex village of Balcombe was the site of a showdown between anti-fracking protestors and the energy company Cuadrilla. Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into rock at high pressure to fracture it and release oil or gas that’s trapped there. It’s controversial.

But, in fact, there was no fracking in Balcombe that summer.

So why did the "battle" there become such a significant national news story?

Produced and presented by Jo Fidgen and Chloe Hadjimatheou.
Editor: Richard Knight

The Corrections re-visits four new stories which left the public with an incomplete picture about what really happened.

In 2013 the West Sussex village of Balcombe was the site of a showdown between anti-fracking protesters and the energy company Cuadrilla. Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into rock at high pressure to fracture it and release oil or gas that’s trapped there. It’s controversial.

But, in fact, there was no fracking in Balcombe that summer.

So why did the "battle" there become such a significant national news story?

Produced and presented by Jo Fidgen and Chloe Hadjimatheou.
Editor: Richard Knight

The Corrections is the series which looks at how journalists tell news stories.

News stories which left the public with the wrong idea about what really happened.

0103The Brexit Murder?20191004

In August 2016 Arkadiuz Joswik - known to his friends as Arek - was attacked and killed in a shopping precinct in Harlow where he’d stopped for a late night snack. Arek was Polish and the idea took hold that he had been killed by racists who were somehow empowered by the Brexit referendum earlier that summer. But was this really an anti-immigrant hate crime?

The Corrections re-visits four news stories which left the public with an incomplete picture of what really happened.

Produced and presented by Jo Fidgen and Chloe Hadjimatheou

The Corrections is the series which looks at how journalists tell news stories.

News stories which left the public with the wrong idea about what really happened.

0104 LASTThe Carbonara Case20191011

The Corrections re-visits four news stories which left the public with an incomplete picture of what really happened.

In August 2017, The Times published a piece with the headline ‘Christian child forced into Muslim foster care’. The story was front-page news the next day as well - and the next – but was it right?

The Corrections re-visits four news stories which left the public with an incomplete picture of what really happened.

In August 2017, The Times published a piece with the headline ‘Christian child forced into Muslim foster care’. The story was front-page news the next day as well - and the next – but was it right?

Produced and presented by Jo Fidgen and Chloe Hadjimatheou

The Corrections is the series which looks at how journalists tell news stories.

News stories which left the public with the wrong idea about what really happened.