Channel TEN has defended edits to Junior MasterChef that excised a tearful moment by one contestant during filming in August.
The Daily Telegraph reports seeing one child counselled by staff psychologists and given an extra ten minutes to complete their dish, during their set visit. But the scenes weren’t included in Monday’s episode.
“Many hours, often days of shooting go into the production of a single Junior MasterChef episode,” said a TEN spokesperson.
“Therefore only those moments that enhance the storyline or affect the outcome of a challenge, are able to be included in the final edit.”
The newspaper reports Executive Producer Margie Bashfield is understood to have agonised over the episode, but was not available for comment.
Duty of care in the filming of scenes with children has been comprehensively addressed by Shine Australia with adults assigned to each child in the series.
Juggling edits, storylines, actual incidents and competition fairness would be no fun.
Surely there comes a point where the welfare of the child is more important than the storyline of a reality show. If it was genuinely unfair, others in the show will no doubt be screaming about this one quick smart. Maybe those stories will yet follow….
Source: Daily Telegraph