The BBC has apologized for the televised treatment of Christian Eriksen’s heart failure during Denmark-Finland (0-1). But it was UEFA that had the upper hand.
What should be done in these cases? Film the scene, or not? Christian Eriksen’s heart failure in the middle of a match, during Denmark-Finland, recalled the complexity of the media treatment of this kind of incident, live. Should we show the events, even if it means taking the risk of broadcasting a death in mondovision? Or should we opt for caution, even if the viewers, in these cases, are looking for information, and therefore images?
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In the case of Eriksen, we could see a tight framing on the player, quite fast, before the realization opted for more distant shots. But it was already too much for the BBC, which apologized to its viewers. “We apologize to all those who were shocked by the images broadcast, reported the BBC. The performance in the stadium is controlled by UEFA as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the game was suspended we took our coverage off the air as quickly as possible. “
The director did not do “in the pathos or in the murky”
It was indeed UEFA which managed the international signal, with a Frenchman in charge, Jean-Jacques Amsellem. Joined by L’Equipe, the very experienced director explained his choices. “You can imagine that there are no specifications for this kind of thing. There is a slow motion of the action where we can see him fall really well, but I immediately forced my teams not to be on him, not to film him anymore! With more than thirty cameras in the stadium, we could have done it, but at no point did we go and do close shots on him. During all the direct that followed, I actually went at one point to the Danes in tears because it was still necessary to show the distress. We also see the emotion of the Finns, that of the public, but I did not find that we were in the pathos or in the murky ”, he explains.
Jean-Jacques Amsellem adds that his producer was in contact with UEFA at the time of the incident. “The instructions were clear: we were told above all not to do a tight shot or a cardiac massage plan, but there was no problem filming the emotion. “ We were still able to see the cardiac massage on a slightly larger plane.