George Bush is Dead

Well – not really.
But if you were watching the pisspoor South African Sky-wannabe eTV News (or more especially, their annoying little rolling banner thing across the bottom of the screen) then you would have seen those exact words on your TV.

The “misbroadcast” happened when a technician pressed the “broadcast live for transmission” button instead of the one for a test-run.

“The technical director pressed the wrong button, it took a second for the words to appear and then the words were on screen for only three seconds before they were taken off,” said spokesman Vasili Vass.

The station said test banners would now be done in “gobbledegook”.

Given the general standard spelling on their rolling banner, quite how they are going to separate the gobbledegook from the real stuff is a complete mystery to me and their other viewer.

The mistake was first reported on by the Afrikaans language newspaper Beeld, and on the media group’s website, News24.com.
“Its unfortunate, because we never comment on their mistakes,” said Mr Vass.  

Well, of course not. You’re only a 24 hour news channel.
Take on that sort of onerous responsibility and you’d never have time to tell us about ex-world leaders popping their clogs. Or not.

  • po

    So I assume the nation was in general mourning this morning?

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  • Po > Whatever people may think of him, GWB was very good for Africa and South Africa. Aid, trade were forthcoming and ironiclly, despite his roots, it seems that Obama will not be as good for Africa.

  • Perhaps it was the caused by the Patta of little fingers?

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  • po

    Of course you are absolutely correct. However I don’t think that means there is a pro-Bush sentiment, and an anti-Obama one in Africa 🙂

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  • .andrew > I’m sure it was entirely “accidental”.

    Po > There is from me.

  • Reflex
  • Reflex > You are my Oracle. Please buy me some tickets, too. Thanks.

  • Reflex

    See what I can do.
    Might be getting some comps, so if you want to go I can pass some on.

  • Reflex > Dude – I was just kidding! *stops, thinks*
    Hmm – that would be great – thanks!

  • Reflex

    Bug me closer to the time and I will let you know.
    The way these things work it will more than likely be the initial pool games or games that aren’t looking too popular.

    Also depends if I am in the right place at the right time (which I hopefully will be).

  • Reflex > Well ok, I shall. *makes mental note to begin bugging process tomorrow*

  • Reflex

    Well, I assume you have my email address (as I have had to provide it).
    Feel free to contact me (obviously not too voraciously as it may decrease your chances) with regards to tickets.

    Obviously this being the internet and you not really knowing me, I wouldn’t rely too heavily on me to get tickets. Just in case you get the opportunity to get tickets elsewhere I would take it.

  • 😆 arguably still better than broadcasting porn!

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  • LOL! Your SA TV channel has got a good sense of humour!

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