BBC1’s investigative documentary series Panorama has apologised for making a mistake about how Type 1 diabetes was described in an episode about the rise in cases of Type 2 diabetes.
Many people complained to the BBC's Points of View show and people got in touch with us here atDiabetes UKto raise their concerns.
The narrator of the hour-long special, broadcast on Monday 3 October 2016, incorrectly said Type 1 diabetes is “the type you’re born with” when attempting to explain the difference between Type 1 and Type 2. Our expert team explained to both Points of View and Panorama why the statement broadcast is factually incorrect, and what they should have said. A brief part of our explanation was broadcast right before Panorama's apology.
Points of View presenter Jeremy Vine said: “Diabetes UK told us as there isn’t enough research to determine the exact cause of Type 1 diabetes, and it was factually incorrect to claim it’s “the type you’re born with."
Our position and viewers comments were put to Panorama editor Rachel Jupp. In response she said: “It is vital we get the facts right… The line about Type 1 diabetes wasn’t medically accurate, and we shouldn’t have said it.”
We have produceda guide for script writers and producersto help diabetes be portrayed more accurately in programmes.
Both programmes are available to view on BBC iPlayer:
BBC1 Points of View, Sunday 9 Oct 2.45pm - skip to 7 minutes 40 secs into the show to view the segment about diabetes.