Cyprus Mail

CyBC launches inquiry after New Year’s déjà vu blunder

The beginning of Demetris Christofias' 2012 message was broadcast

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation CyBC was left red-faced on New Year’s Eve when a radio programme broadcast the 2012 New Year’s message of former president Demetris Christofias instead of the 2013 one written by President Nicos Anastasiades.

Christofias message played for around ten seconds before the radio producer realised his mistake.

The CyBC announced on Thursday that an inquiry had been launched, attributing the incident to an “honest mistake”. The public broadcaster also issued an apology, calling the mistake a very serious one.

CyBC’s deputy head of radio programming Costas Nicolaides told the Cyprus Mail that the incident was a result of human error. “The producer had a playlist on the computer and accidentally clicked the wrong one… the 2012 New Year’s message instead of 2013. It was a mistake. Once he realised the mistake he changed it,” Nicolaides said, adding that the results of the inquiry would be presented before the new head of CyBC to decide on possible punishment.

On December 31, Anastasiades appointed veteran journalist Giorgos Tsalakos as the new head of CyBC.


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