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Fake Noise: BBC added crowd noises on Rugby highlights

The BBC has been found guilty of adding fake audience noise to its coverage of Welsh Principality Premiership Rugby.

The weekend highlights round-up, featuring teams including Bargoed and Llanelli, Bridgend and Llandovery as well as Swansea and Pontypridd were found to have had extra sound effects of massive audiences roaring and applauding, despite pictures including shots of empty stands or grounds with insufficient numbers of spectators to make the noise heard by those viewing the highlights round-up.

Manipulation of video and sounds is against BBC policy, but is the latest scandal to affect BBC output, after some natural history documentaries were found to contained faked scenes.

The faked output was uncovered by Martyn Ziegler, Chief Sports Reporter at The Times, who posted examples of the fake noise on social media before the highlights were pulled from the BBC website. In a poor attempt to manipulate the noise, it appears the same sound effect was added for each try: