pounds 50k Sky fine for news con.
Reporter James Forlong quit his job at Sky News and later committed suicide after he admitted faking a report in March.
A spokesman for the Independent Television Commission said: "Audiences are reliant on the accuracy of news reports, particularly during times of war.
"The report had not been presented with due accuracy."
His dispatch showed a cruise missile being launched from a Royal Navy submarine.
Sky screened it, believing it to be active combat, but it turned out to be library footage of a training exercise.
Sky News declined to comment.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Dec 16, 2003|
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