The Fogel family home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar
The Fogel family home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar. Photo by Tali Mayer
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Daniel Bar-On
The funeral of five members of the Fogel family killed in March 2011. Photo by Daniel Bar-On

The outgoing director general of the BBC has apologized for the minimal coverage given to the murders of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar in March 2011.

During a debate last week in the British Parliament's Culture and Media Committee, Mark Thompson admitted that his network "got it wrong." He tried to explain this by saying, "it was a very busy news period" that included the fighting in Libya and the tsunami in Japan, and "news editors were under a lot of pressure that day."

But he admitted, "Having said that, it was certainly an atrocity which should have been covered across our news bulletins that day."

His remarks were made in response to a complaint by MP Louise Mensch.