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Broadcasters cleared over attack footage

Broadcasters including the BBC and ITV have been cleared of breaking TV ­regulations by airing graphic footage of soldier Lee Rigby's murder, ­according to reports.

TV watchdog Ofcom launched an investigation over the decision by the companies to air footage before the watershed from the scene of the murder in south-east London.

Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 29, were found guilty at the Old Bailey on Thursday of murdering the young soldier near Woolwich Barracks on May 22.

The pair were told they faced life behind bars and would be sentenced in the new year.

Ofcom investigated broadcasters including BBC News, 5 News, ITV News, Channel 4 News and Sky News following a number of complaints about footage it showed, which had been obtained by a bystander on a mobile phone, but it is understood they will be found not to have breached the broadcasting code.

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