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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

After Beslan, BBC Reviews Guidelines

LONDON -- The British Broadcasting Corporation will introduce a time delay on its live coverage of sensitive news events such as the school massacre in Beslan and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, the company said Thursday.

The time delay will last several seconds and will allow editors to cut any scenes they believe are too shocking for viewers.

The decision was made following the unease felt in some quarters over the BBC's coverage of the Beslan disaster in September, the corporation said.

All major news broadcasters reported live from the scene of the hostage crisis, in which more than 300 people died. Cameras were rolling as bloodied hostages, many of them children, fled the school.

The BBC's new editorial guidelines stipulate: "A delay must be installed when broadcasting live coverage of sensitive and challenging events, such as the school siege at Beslan."