BBC News apologizes for live ticker blunder
A malicious message appeared on TV screens at 9.35am on Tuesday – before being spread across social media moments later.
BBC viewers were left in hysterics after a trainee wrote ‘Manchester United are rubbish’ on their live news channel’s ticker.
The post appeared on TV screens at 9.35am on Tuesday – before being spread across social media moments later, The sun reported.
The BBC presenter was then forced to apologize for the incident two hours later.
She said: “Earlier some of you might have noticed something quite unusual on the ticker that runs along the bottom of the screen with news commenting on Manchester United, and I hope Manchester United fans weren’t offended.
“Let me explain what was going on: behind the scenes someone was training to learn how to use the ticker and how to put text on the ticker, so they were just writing random things without seriousness and that comment is appeared.
“So excuse me if you saw this and you were offended and you are a Manchester United fan.
“But it was definitely a mistake and it wasn’t supposed to show up on screen. So that’s what happened, we just thought we better explain it to you.
A BBC statement to the PA news agency added: “There was a technical problem during training with our test ticker, which switched to live programming for a few seconds.
“We apologized for any offense caused on air.”
Man Utd finished sixth in the Premier League table this season, a dismal comeback after hoping to challenge for the title.
Not only did they find themselves 35 points behind league winners Manchester City, but they also missed out on Champions League qualification.
And they ended their Premier League campaign with a 12th defeat of the season at the hands of Crystal Palace.
This story originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced here with permission.