A Current Affair
's road safety crusade could be about to enter slippery legal territory after it used recycled footage from a two-year-old Top Gear
audition tape in a faked attempt to "trap" a hoon driver.
Last night on ACA
, the heavily promoted opening segment,
entitled "Car Hoon" and tagged with an "exclusive" watermark, ran three full minutes of footage of a mystery man called "Carlo" driving his souped-up Nissan somewhere on Sydney's roads.
"We'll let the video speak for itself, because we want your help to find him," intoned host Tracey Grimshaw before airing the video of "Carlo" "drifting" across double lines to the network's heavy metal soundtrack. At the end of the segment, reporter Tom Steinfort issued a shout for viewers to catch "Crazy Carlo", and promised a follow-up on tonight's program.
"But first we have to find him and that's where you come in. We believe his name is Carlo -- Crazy Carlo." Steinfort then aired a cleaned-up image of the vehicle's registration.
can reveal that the source for the story was the YouTube clip below, uploaded to the web on September 26 last year. The clip clearly identified the driver's first and last name and its intended purpose -- an audition tape for the mysterious Stig test-driver on the local version of Top Gear
"Hi everybody at Freehand, my name is Carlo Arena and I would like to be your Stig."