Margaret Thatcher dies: Taiwan TV apologises for Queen mix-up
As the news of the death of Britain’s first female prime minister emerged on Monday, Taipei-based channel CTI TV rushed to inform its viewers.
But in their scramble to get the story out, the channel’s editors appear to have confused Baroness Thatcher with Queen Elizabeth II.
As the presenter discussed Lady Thatcher’s death at the age of 87, the Queen was pictured waving to crowds, receiving bouquets of flowers from flag-waving supporters and standing beside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Former British prime minister Thatcher passed away, the Iron Lady is missed,” read a caption accompanying the footage that remained on air for nearly one minute.
Meanwhile, an army-run television channel in Thailand also had to apologise after using a picture of the actress, Meryl Streep, to illustrate its report on the Iron Lady’s demise.
“We apologise for the mistake over the use of the photo during the report on Margaret Thatcher which caused misunderstanding. Our team will try harder and be more careful,” the channel reportedly said on its Facebook page.
A source at the channel told AFP: “The news anchor noticed the mistake and solved the problem by saying her story was made into a Hollywood movie played by Meryl Streep.”