BBC red-faced over sub­ti­tles

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer - Mary Han­ni­gan

Apol­ogy of the Week: From the BBC . . . “Our live sub­ti­tling ser­vice is nor­mally very ac­cu­rate and makes our con­tent much more ac­ces­si­ble, but there are times when un­for­tu­nate er­rors oc­cur. On this oc­ca­sion the er­ror was spot­ted and cor­rected im­me­di­ately.”

What went wrong? Well, their sub­ti­tles con­verted Match of the Day com­men­ta­tor Guy Mow­bray’s stat about Daniel Stur­ridge, dur­ing Liver­pool’s game against New­cas­tle, from “. . . for the Reds against the black and whites, he boasts five goals in five ap­pear­ances” in to “for the Reds against the black and white scum . . .”.

And there was ev­ery­one think­ing it was a Sun­der­land fan do­ing the sub­ti­tles, when it was a voice recog­ni­tion soft­ware glitch.

Still, it’ll al­ways be hard to top the sub­ti­tles hic­cup from a couple of years back that turned “Great to see Doug El­lis here in his Villa scarf” in to “Great to see Doug El­lis here with Hezbol­lah”.

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