BBC justified televising death
Gerald, an 84-year-old ex-soldier suffering from terminal lung and liver cancer, had agreed to become the first person in Britain to have the moment of his death shown on television, and viewers duly saw him drawing his last breath.
Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition, said that as long as the issues are handled with care, the televising of a death is a positive thing.
"It’s essential to ensure that issues around dying are handled sensitively and responsibly, but there is no reason to avoid broadcasting someone’s death if they wanted this and they and their families agreed to it," she said.
"Dying is as much part of living as being born and until the taboo around dying and death is broken many people will continue to avoid talking about the type of end of life care they would want.”
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