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Sunday 20 April 2014

RTE makes new sports blunder

NATIONAL broadcaster RTE has made another series of gaffes just days after a technical glitch marred its annual sports awards.

The 'RTE News Review of the Year', broadcast last night, made glaring errors when describing Leinster's Heineken Cup rugby success and Manchester City's achievement in winning the English premier league for the first time in 44 years.

In the programme, Leinster's victory over Ulster was described as their third consecutive Heineken Cup win. It wasn't. It was the third in four years. RTE then went on to describe Manchester City's last-gasp victory over Newcastle United, except it was Queen's Park Rangers they beat.

RTE was not available for comment last night.

The gaffes come after the station inexplicably went to a commercial break just as Olympian Katie Taylor was being named Sports Person of the Year during a live broadcast from its Montrose studios.

Instead of seeing Katie accepting the award, viewers were instead shown an ad for L'Oreal.

The embarrassment was compounded when Cork Archdeacon Michael O'Brien was named on a list of sports personalities and supporters who had died over the previous year, even though the cleric is still alive.

The mistakes also follow the failure of engineers to alter its electronic programming guide, which resulted in viewers who had used digital boxes to record the season finale of American drama 'Homeland' missing the final minutes of the show. The station later apologised.

Irish Independent

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