By Nora Johnson •
Updated: 17 Dec 2022 • 10:17
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Following an earlier blunder on its News, Sport and Weather channels that quoted Jeremy Corbyn praising Prince Harry and “Hezbollah”, rather than “Harry and his brother”, the BBC apologised after a message appeared on the news channel saying: “Manchester United are rubbish”.
The text mistakenly popped up on the news ticker at the bottom of the screen during a tennis update. The culprit, it later transpired, was a trainee who was being shown how to write stories on to the ticker, believing that they were not going out for broadcast. They had also written the disappointingly accurate: “Weather rain everywhere”. Better to stick to weather forecasts, then?
The general consensus was that this was a lucky escape for the BBC, with the former presenter Simon McCoy saying: “This could have been so much worse.” Like when the caption confused two stories: one concerning David Davis’s resignation from Theresa May’s cabinet and another the rescue of schoolboys trapped in a flash flood. The caption read: “Brexit Secretary Resigns: Eight people remain inside the cave”.
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