Egypt state TV fires news chief over Sisi interview gaffe

2016-09-21 16:32

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - Egyptian state television said on Wednesday it had sacked its head of news after an old interview with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was screened in error.

Sisi, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, was interviewed by the American PBS network for a second consecutive year.

Instead of broadcasting the new interview on Tuesday, state-run Channel 1 aired the one he gave last year.

The transmission was cut when staff realised the error.

State television Safaa Hegazy apologised for the "grave mistake" and said an investigation was under way to identify those responsible.

News chief Mostafa Shehata confirmed he had been sacked.

He told AFP it was "illogical" as others had also been involved in the broadcast but put it down to "fate".

The gaffe drew heavy criticism from the anchors of pro-Sisi private television channels which have devoted extensive coverage to the president's visit to New York.

Read more on:    un general assembly  |  abdel fattah al-sisi  |  egypt  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.