BBC apologises for Phil Spector death headline”


The former music producer died on Saturday at the age of 81, while serving a prison sentence for the murder of Lana Clarkson in 2003.

The first version on the breaking news story on the BBC News website carried the headline: "Talented but flawed producer Phil Spector dies aged 81".

The BBC said the headline "did not meet our editorial standards".

The text was quickly changed to: "Pop producer jailed for murder dies at 81."

"This was changed within minutes and we also deleted a tweet that had gone out automatically with the original headline," a statement issued by the BBC read*2.

"We apologise for this error."

"Our coverage of the story across BBC News has been clear that Phil Spector was convicted of the murder of Lana Clarkson and had a long history of violence and abuse," it continued.