Pakistan's state-run news channel PTV was trolled by netizens for running "Begging" dateline instead of "Beijing" on the screen during a live broadcast of Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech in China.
Khan, who was on an official trip to China to secure financial support from Beijing for his cash-strapped country, was addressing a ceremony at the Central Party School (of the Communist Party of China) in Beijing on Sunday, 4 November, which was shown live by the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).
During the telecast of Khan's address on PTV, the location was misspelled from "Beijing" to "Begging" in the top left corner of the screen.
The typo reportedly remained onscreen for a good 20 seconds or so before it was rectified.
The incident provoked all kinds of reactions from people on Twitter – from some calling the act "disgraceful" to others lauding PTV for becoming "drastically independent". The video left many wondering whether it was intentional.
If that Begging/Beijing error on PTV was done on purpose by someone then its disgraceful. If its a typo then although its funny, its very unprofessional & whoever did it or whoever was supervising, their qualification/experience should b questioned. Such carelessness on state tv?— Bissmah Mehmud (@bissmahmehmud) November 4, 2018
BEGGING and the ↩️ sign ...— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) November 4, 2018
PTV gone drastically independent... pic.twitter.com/it0274We4B
It was definitely done deliberately by someone in PTV. There's no way Beijing can be misspelled with 'Begging'. Extremely shameful attempt by whoever was responsible for this. https://t.co/R7KjETedt4 pic.twitter.com/0XSrF0TqTM— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) November 4, 2018
Pak Govt Sacks Channel Head
The Imran Khan-led government has reportedly ordered the immediate removal of the channel’s managing director (MD) Arshad Khan over the gaffe.
The broadcaster had apologised via Twitter, calling the incident "regrettable". It called the issue a "typographical error.”
"Strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials," it said.
Today, during a live address of the Prime Minister during his ongoing visit to China, a typographical error took place, which remained on screen for 20 seconds & later removed. This incident is regrettable. Strict action has been initiated under rules against concerned officials pic.twitter.com/df2Z8oib5u— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) November 4, 2018
According to The News International daily, Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry ordered a probe into the gaffe by the PTV.
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