What is it with the BBC?
It has reported two tragedies today: In the first “A 12-year-old boy has suffered serious head injuries after falling 200ft (61m) in the Lake District in Cumbria.” and in the second “ A woman was killed when she accidentally stepped off an East Sussex cliff while walking with her husband. She fell 300ft (91m) from a spot near the Belle Tout lighthouse on the clifftop near Eastbourne at about 15:00 BST on Saturday.”
So – was it exactly 200ft the boy fell and exactly 300ft the woman fell?
No, of course not. But someone in the Beeb thought that it was exactly 61m and 91m that they fell.The figures given in feet are to let the reader know the scale of the falls. They are not an exact measurement; They are estimates There is no need to convert the falls as 61m and 91m. Try 60m and 90m please?
This happens with every BBC report of falls . Sort it!