The BBC has responded to the open letter sent by DJI which criticised the broadcaster on its representation of drones.
DJI felt it necessary to send the letter after a BBC Two Horizon documentary aired on Monday prompted an outcry from the industry.
Many on social media felt the documentary, like a Panorama investigation earlier in the year, was ‘unbiased’ and over-critical of drones.
The DJI letter was of a similar sentiment and outlined how despite contributing to the documentary, the BBC had not used much of the contect provided which showed the benefits of the technology.
In a statement issued to Commercial Drone Professional, the BBC responded to the DJI criticism of the documentary by stating it felt the investigation was “justified, fair and impartial.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “In the wake of the crisis at Gatwick Airport last year – and the strong public interest in this – we believe our Horizon investigation into the technology behind drones and whether the related UK safety measures are adequate was justified, fair and impartial.
“From the outset, and repeatedly during the film the positive uses of drones and the efforts the industry has taken to make them safe was referred to. The film does not claim that drone technology is unsafe, but rather that in can be used maliciously when in the wrong hands. Indeed, as drone users ourselves the BBC is well aware of the positive benefits of them when used appropriately.”
The broadcaster then added: “The Panorama programme raised important questions about why Gatwick airport was closed down for so long after the alleged sightings of a drone or drones, disrupting thousands of passengers, and why almost six months after the event the police had still not identified a suspect. The film did not claim drones were unsafe, but did suggest that they can be disruptive or a risk if used maliciously.”
You can read DJI’s letter in full here.