China TV ‘substitutes Top Gun for air force footage’

Michael Bristow|BBC

China’s state broadcaster used footage that appears to have been taken from a Hollywood film in one of its news reports – but not for the first time.

A China Central Television story about the country’s air force showed an explosion that was identical to a scene from the 1986 film Top Gun.

The broadcaster often uses film clips in its news reports.

A person familiar with the company said it was currently trying to set up a system to contain this situation.

The disputed scene was aired on CCTV’s main news bulletin on 23 January.

It was in a report about a training exercise undertaken by the People’s Liberation Army’s air force.

There were interviews with senior military figures.

Over pictures of fighter jets in action, the reporter told viewers that this was a live-fire exercise and all targets had been hit.

One scene showed a pilot firing a missile. A plane was then hit before exploding into flames.

But some keen-eyed observers noticed that this scene was identical to one in Top Gun, starring Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, and they posted their comments on the internet.

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