Monday 17 December 2018

BBC explains England V Scotland 'Nigel Owens is a gay' subtitle gaffe

Referee Nigel Owens. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Referee Nigel Owens. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Viewers watching the England V Scotland clash with subtitles on the BBC at the weekend were surprised to see an unfortunate gaffe about 65 minutes into the game.

When referee Nigel Owens produced a yellow card for Sam Underhill, the subtitles read, "Yellow card.  Nigel Owens is a gay penalty and yellow card."

However, it was amended to say, "Nigel Owens is saying penalty and yellow card".

Speaking to WalesONline, a BBC spokesperson offered an explanation for the mistake.

"Our live subtitling service produces accuracy levels in excess of 98% but, as with all broadcasters, there are instances - particularly during live broadcasts - when mistakes happen," they said.

"On this occasion the voice recognition subtitling software made an error which was spotted and corrected immediately."

The subtitles are used by deaf and hard of hearing viewers.

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