’Eleven Jinping’: Indian TV fires anchor over blooper
India’s state TV channel has fired a news anchor for referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping as “Eleven” Jinping. The presenter apparently confused Mr Xi’s name with the Roman numerals XI.
Her name has been removed from the panel of newsreaders, Doordarshan news chief Archana Datta told BBC Hindi, describing the error as “grave”.
President Xi ended a three-day visit to India on Friday, where he signed 12 deals to boost trade and economic ties. The blooper occurred during a show on Doordarshan news on Wednesday night. Ms Datta said the newsreader had not been staff but a casual employee.
"Doordarshan keeps a list of freelance casual newsreaders. They are called for duty when there is a shortage of regular staff," But [The Indian Express]("http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/how-eleven-jinping-cost-a-dd-newsreader-his-job/") newspaper reported that the mistake happened during the night bulletin which is generally read by casual newsreaders since the regulars do not prefer to work at that time.
Sounds exactly like something I would have done, except I would also have found a Li to call “51” :D.
Also love how they are disowning this guy – I bet he’s really been working there 20+ years.