Advertisement
Advertisement

Berlin politicians stop birth reality TV show

Share this article

Berlin politicians stop birth reality TV show
Photo: DPA
10:31 CET+01:00
Politicians have stopped a German copy of a British reality television show following women giving birth, telling hospital staff to throw the camera teams out.

Berlin's state government decided to stop private broadcaster RTL from filming in the city-owned Vivantes hospital for its series Baby Boom - Wilkommen im Leben - a copy of the British show One Born Every Minute.

At least 30 cameras had been set up in the capital's Friedrichshain hospital to film mothers-to-be, their families and even their births, as well as staff, promising that the end result would give "authentic glimpses in the world of real feelings."

Those mothers who signed up to take part in the show would have their babies in separate areas of the hospital and be filmed.

But just over a week after filming had begun, the city's politicians instructed the hospital to shut down the operation - to protect the privacy of the babies being born.

"Even if the mothers and their families have given their consent to the filming, the child will likely be confronted with the footage later in life," said Mario Czaja, Berlin state health minister.

RTL said on Tuesday it was surprised by the decision, and that all legal questions had been worked out well in advance between the producers and the hospital.

DPA/The Local/hc

Share this article

Advertisement
Advertisement

From our sponsors

7 ways to help your child adjust to life abroad

Moving abroad can be a big adjustment for anyone - and it's even harder when the move wasn't your choice. So how do you help your children settle in when your family makes the move?


Database error:

You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ')
			ORDER BY
				entries.ENTRY_MODIFIED DESC
			LIMIT
				10' at line 20