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People up close : the WDR acknowledges errors in documentation

The West German broadcasting (WDR) has been granted for three of his TV documentaries, errors, and violations of journalistic Standards. Among other things, two contributors had been obtained in films of the series "Menschen hautnah" about an Extras Agency. "We have no evidence that your stories are true," said the station on Thursday in Cologne. Editor-in-chief Ellen Ehni, however, stated: "This procedure is not for a documentary Format such as "people close to" acceptable." The WDR will strengthen its quality assurance on this point.

In the movies, reports people about their relationships, about under the aspect of a "marriage of convenience" or "Affairs". The examination of the films is ongoing. A protagonist but I have confirmed now that the nature of their relationship was played back correctly.

The three productions in question come from the same journalist, who works as a freelance author for WDR. The author did not want to place comment at the request of the German press Agency directly and referred to the WDR-press.

In the extras mediation is a Website that, for example, extras for fictional films, but also protagonists for documentaries to be sought.

The WDR was about to become a user of Twitter on the inconsistencies in the films. In the films of the same Pair occurs, among other things, in each case, but the man of means once Sven and even Oli. Also agree the age and year do not match numbers at all. "We deeply regret this," said Ehni. The WDR will correct the movies in the appropriate Places.

In an episode of the series from January to a married couple - Manuela and Oli's called here - as an example, for a marriage of convenience. The two, it is said, lived together because they wanted to save money for a second apartment. However, Manuela says in the Film, their relationship went beyond mere friendship. In an earlier episode, the Couple had occurred, however, as Manuela and Sven. There both of them had assured to understand after a breakup. Manuela assured that you, Sven "a certain love". (dpa)

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