Hamza Yassin, a BBC journalist, disclosed intimate details about the channel’s wildlife reporting and alleged that certain images were staged to generate compassion.
The Strictly Come Dancing winner and 33-year-old cinematographer spoke out about his profession and the TV editing process.
Hamza gained to prominence filming animals and has been on prominent factual shows such as Animal Park, Countryfile, and Strictly: Birds of Prey.
He stated that certain moments in shows seeking to capture wildlife in their natural settings were ‘dramatised’ in order to tell a more compelling tale.
While chatting to crowds at Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said: ‘The amount of times we’ll film a cheetah family, and she’s got three babies, and we just zoom in slightly and crop out the last baby.
‘Then you bring in a lion and the lion goes “Grr” and you think, “Oh, the lion’s killed the baby!”.
‘And then, five minutes of drama, and we just zoom back out again and then you say, “Ah, it’s all a happy story”.
‘No. That didn’t happen. We are dramatising what we are seeing.’
According to MailOnline, Hamza continued explaining to the audience at the festival: ‘I want to tell the truth. I want to say what’s happening in this world.’
After releasing his programme tracking Birds of Prey around the UK, the ex-dancing sensation and TV cameraman wowed audiences.
Fans flocked to social media to express their admiration for the show, with several admitting that it had moved them to tears.
One penned: ‘Surely Hamza has to be the next David Attenborough when David stands down. A brilliant programme so far.’
Another said: ‘This is such a wonderful heartwarming programme by @shootsfilm. Absolutely magic urban portraits of Ealing peregrines having a bright green lunch too! Hamza: Strictly Birds of Prey.’
Last year in 2022, the star was speaking about the beginnings of her career and revealed: ‘I was following in the family footsteps being in the medical profession but then declined it for zoology when I had a heart to heart with my parents.’
He carried on telling The Guardian: ‘I said to them look, I’m severely dyslexic this is going to be an absolute nightmare. As much as I’d love to please everybody by becoming a medic I’ve got to follow my dreams of becoming a wildlife cameraman and zoologist.
‘I am someone who has fallen deeply in love with mother nature and want to look after it thanks to the people like Sir David Attenborough and Steve Irwin, God rest his soul.
‘They gave me the love of mother nature and I want to pass that on to the next generation.’
Source My Celebrity Life.