THE BBC has hit back at claims it played down the booing of Boris Johnson through the editing of footage.

Viewers tuned into a live broadcast showing the Prime Minister and wife Carrie Johnson arriving at St Paul's Cathedral for Platinum Jubilee celebrations heard the pair being greeted by a loud chorus of booing as they walked inside. 

However, later on in the day, the same footage was shown but with the volume of the booing sparking doubts that the audio was consistent with what had previously been broadcast.  

On Twitter, political commentator Marina Purkiss wrote: “I’m told by some credible people that this may just be down to standard editing practice If that’s the case, I’m very happy to be proved wrong. Sadly the BBC has form here, hence the distrust."

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC did not change or edit the sound on any of its recordings yesterday and its coverage clearly demonstrated the crowd’s reaction to the Prime Minister’s arrival. 

“As is standard for an event of this nature, there were a number of different crews filming. Jane Hill was filmed commentating live on the arrivals at the service and the crowd’s reaction. 

“Other BBC coverage used a ‘clean feed’ of the arrivals, that is, sound and pictures from a different crew which did not have commentary on top.”