A broadcast standards watchdog has ruled that CTV did nothing wrong when it repeatedly aired video of an accident that killed a Georgian luger at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council said it received 145 complaints about the footage, which showed luger Nodar Kumaritashvili flying off the track and hitting a support post.
Viewers said they believed the images were disrespectful of the dead athlete.
CTV, the network that held the rights to broadcast the Olympics, aired the 40 seconds of footage that showed his head hitting the pole both after the accident and after it was known he had died.
In its ruling released Thursday, the CBSC said the network was within its rights to air footage of such an important story.
"The panel considers that the shots were fair, sufficiently distant and not in any way an attempt to exaggerate the awful circumstances of the collision with the post," the CBSC wrote in its ruling.
"Moreover, each of the news reports, even before the outcome of Kumaritashvili's injuries was known, was introduced by careful language advising viewers of the video report that was to follow."
CTV made "no effort to sensationalize or exaggerate the terrible event" by using close-ups of the body or injuries, it added.
However, the council recommended giving viewers additional warning of disturbing video on the crawl (moving words) below the telecast.