Reporter axed in footage flop

N24's Hofling took credit for soldier film though he bought it

BERLIN — The Kirch Group’s new 24-hour news channel N24 has fired its Russia correspondent after he falsely took credit for controversial footage shot in Chechnya.

N24 reporter Frank Hofling had claimed to have recently shot the video showing Russian soldiers burying dead Chechen soldiers in a mass grave.

After seeing the BBC’s worldwide broadcast of the footage, which was credited to Hofling and N24, a correspondent for the Russian newspaper Iswestija, Oleg Blozki, confirmed that he had shot the footage and then sold it to Hofling earlier in February.

Fearing the incident would damage its credibility, the station was quick to express regret and apologize to Blozki for the incident. N24 was launched in January by the Kirch-owned ProSieben Media.

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