South Africa’s new 24-hour news channel, Africa News Network (ANN7) or “Gupta TV” as it has been nicknamed, got off to a rocky start this week.
But it’s not the only broadcaster to have found fame on social networks for the wrong reasons. Here’s a selection of broadcasting bloopers.
Not quite game on
The two presenters of ANN7’s sports show, Game On, and their technical team were responsible for what has been described as one of the most embarrassing moments in local television history.
Not quite a mistake
The SABC News channel’s “biggest mistake”, which went viral on social media networks the day after its launch, was in fact part of a test run that took place before an interview with President Jacob Zuma.
Name and shame
Launched on August 1, the channel’s first real blunder was when news anchor Peter Ndoro referred to SABC interim board member Zandile Tshabalala as Andile.
Welcome to err …
While ANN7’s presenters could blame inexperience, radio DJ Lawrence Tlhabane showed that it could happen to a veteran.
During Power FM’s launch broadcast earlier this year, Tlhabane welcomed listeners to one of the station’s competitors and his former employer, Kaya FM.
International cringeworthy TV moments include KTVU in San Francisco’s broadcast of fake and racist names of passengers on board Asiana flight 214, which had crashed at the San Francisco International Airport.
The station was the victim of a prank.
It later released a statement apologising for the mistake, saying: “Earlier in the newscast we gave some names of pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines crash. These names were not accurate, despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning. We apologise for this error.”
Haven’t you run before?
In another incident, a New Orleans TV channel news anchor mistook double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah for an amateur athlete during an interview with him.
WDSU’s LaTonya Norton asked Farah: “Haven’t you run before?’ after he won the New Orleans half marathon and set a new course record. As the interview continued she asked even more embarrassing questions.
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