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Dancers on theater stage

Is the audience being deceived when an awards show telecast uses rehearsal footage of a performance?


Here's the situation:

ARTZ Network broadcasts a live annual awards show honoring the performing arts. The show is highly anticipated every year, and ARTZ Network heavily promotes that it airs a live broadcast.  The show includes several highly choreographed dance performances. 

In a recent year, a temporary lighting problem on stage presented producers with a challenge – because of dim lighting and shadows, the dancers were not clearly visible. The producers instead decided to use rehearsal footage of the dancers from the previous day and ran that footage in place of the actual performance happening that evening. 

The producers did not run a disclaimer during the show stating that the performance was “file footage.” 


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