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TELEVISION – “It’s raining everywhere”, “Manchester United sucks”… This Tuesday, May 24 in the morning on the BBC, funny messages appeared on the scrolling banner at the bottom of the television screen. The channel apologized a few hours later.
The messages, and in particular the most offensive for Manchester United fans, appeared around 9:30 am during a subject on Roland-Garros. Which caused a bit of misunderstanding and a lot of laughter.
“BBC: Manchester United suck. It’s not really breaking news, is it?”
“I just saw this appear on the screen. Looks like it’s the last day of work for someone”
“Even the person who writes the BBC banner is making fun of Manchester United”
Later that morning, presenter Annita Mcveigh explained: “Some of you may have noticed something unusual (…). Behind the scenes, someone was trying to learn how to use the blindfold and wrote a practice text. They wrote random things, not seriously, and this comment popped up.”
“It was a mistake”, apologizes the BBC
“I hope the Manchester United fans weren’t hurt,” she added. “Our apologies if you saw this, were offended and are a fan. But it was a mistake, it should not appear on the screen”, she finished.
In a statement, the channel added: “There was a technical problem during a workout with our test headband, which scrolled live for a few seconds. We apologize if anyone has been injured.”
Rob O’Hanrahan, another presenter at the channel, said a trainee wrote the comment. And to add jokingly: “fair and correct information, in my opinion.” Another BBC journalist reputed to be a fan of Manchester City, the city’s rival club, for his part assured on Twitter: “I had nothing to do with it!!!”
Apology by BBC News after a trainee, learning how to put text on the ticker (the headlines that run along the bottom of the screen) accidentally published the words “Manchester United are rubbish” live on the broadcast…
Fair and accurate reporting, imo.pic.twitter.com/LzVAWt2lCT— Rob O’Hanrahan (@RobOHanrahan) May 24, 2022
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Source: Le Huffington Post by www.huffingtonpost.fr.
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