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Tuesday 22 July 2014

‘Welcome to the year of the whores’ – BBC left red-faced after subtitling error

Brian O'Reilly

Published 04/02/2014|10:41

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THE BBC has bee left red-faced after a subtitling error led to viewers being welcomed to the Chinese new year ‘of the whores’.

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The station was broadcasting a segment on the beginning of the Chinese new year, which this year is the year of the horse, when many viewers spotted the error.

Embarrassed station bosses said that the error was noticed and fixed quickly, however it didn’t stop a Twitter storm developing around the gaffe.

It is believed the error could have been caused by an under pressure stenographer, who have to rapidly type words during a live TV broadcasts.

Some stations also use computer voice recognition software, which is supervised by a person to spot errors in what the computer has picked up.

The station has come under fire before for subtitling errors – during the funeral of the queen mother in 2002 ‘a moment’s silence’ was displayed as ‘we will now have a moment’s violence’.

A BBC spokesperson previously said on the errors: “Mistakes will happen, but we do all we can to keep this to a minimum and are constantly striving to improve accuracy.”

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