BBC sorry for 'Gay Marriage' mistake

2013-03-28 18:37
Rufus Lekala (Via Twitter)

Rufus Lekala (Via Twitter)

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Cape Town - The BBC on Thursday apologised to Transnet chief harbour master Rufus Lekala after it mistakenly broadcast his name as "Gay Marriage" during an interview, a report said.

The interview, which was reportedly broadcast globally to more than 71 million viewers, was conducted on Tuesday where Lekala was questioned about the Fifth Brics Summit which was held in Durban.

Viewers who saw the error took pictures of the screen strap and circulated them on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

Now, the Guardian reports that a BBC spokesperson has explained the error, and offered an apology to Lekala.

The spokesperson said: "During transmission of a recorded report on shipping in South Africa, a topline aston strap was erroneously transposed by our MosART automation system over a voiceclip from Captain Rufus Lekale from Transnet when the item played out in our 08:00 GMT news bulletin.

"We apologise to Captain Lekale for any embarrassment this technical error may have caused."

The Sowetan reported earlier that Lekala had initially laughed off the error, but Transnet spokesperson Lunga Ngcobo was quoted as saying that despite understanding that it was a mistake, an explanation would be sought from the UK broadcaster.

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