India TV anchor's number is up after
naming China's Xi 'Eleven'
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[September 22, 2014]
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian TV
news anchor has been sacked after she referred to Chinese President Xi
Jinping as 'Eleven' Jinping, apparently confusing Xi's name with the
Roman numerals XI, a senior official at the state television channel
said on Friday, .
Xi left India on Friday after a visit to boost trade and economic
ties that have been marred by a long-standing border dispute.
The blooper occurred on a show on Doordarshan news on Wednesday.
"It is an unpardonable mistake," the official told Reuters on the
condition of anonymity, saying the anchor was employed on a casual
basis. "We have debarred her from news reading for a few months."
The official said a shortage of news readers had forced the channel
to run some news bulletins with casuals.
The incident comes at a time when Doordarshan news is trying to
reinvent itself to compete with private broadcasters. Its programmes
are often a matter of public ridicule for their poor production
The gaffe led to a wave of sarcastic comments on social media.
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"The silver lining: at least the anchor knows Roman numerals,"
kanikagahlaut posted on Twitter.
(Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and
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