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deejay2,473 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
A rookie mistake, but unfortunately I've seen it happen more than once. It's also easy to inadvertently type into an automated system if you're not paying enough attention.

Somewhat ironically, I've edited this post to correct a typo!
Last edited by deejay on 21 November 2016 9:48pm
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House3,139 posts since 13 Mar 2007
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Cathy referred to Helia as Economics Correspondent. On the website, Helia is still referred to as Business Correspondent. Seriously, did Cathy forget the correct title of Helia's job?


A. It may not have been Cathy who added the job title in the script
B. Broadcasters are often flexible about how a correspondent is titled depending on the story - if she was covering a predominantly economics brief that day, it wouldn't make sense to describe her as a business correspondent
C. Even if it was just a slip of the tongue, so what? No one at ITN is going to accurately recall every single colleague's exact job title every time
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newsman1447 posts since 21 Jan 2013
UTV Newsline
Cathy referred to Helia as Economics Correspondent. On the website, Helia is still referred to as Business Correspondent. Seriously, did Cathy forget the correct title of Helia's job?


A. It may not have been Cathy who added the job title in the script
B. Broadcasters are often flexible about how a correspondent is titled depending on the story - if she was covering a predominantly economics brief that day, it wouldn't make sense to describe her as a business correspondent
C. Even if it was just a slip of the tongue, so what? No one at ITN is going to accurately recall every single colleague's exact job title every time


There's a lot of overlap between business and economics (At secondary school in Ireland, the Leaving Cert subjects Business, Economics and Accounting are referred to as business subjects). It's the first time I've heard Helia being referred to as economics correspondent - I think she has appeared even more often than she used to since former economics editor Paul Mason departed and when business editor Siobhan Kennedy was on maternity leave until recently. By the way, I've never heard Siobhan being referred to as economics editor.

As for the possibility of a slip of the tongue, surely, most of Helia's colleagues know her well enough to know her job title.
newsman1447 posts since 21 Jan 2013
UTV Newsline
How the hell could the reporter forget his name?!

Because he's humans and humans sometimes forget.

Absolutely hate seeing faux outrage over unfortunate but genuine small mistakes.

It happens newswoman2.


You forgot to type in another S - the reporter in question is Jane Dodge - I couldn't remember her surname at first.
SomeRandomStuff1,286 posts since 29 Apr 2009
Now that is a good bit of film making. Jon would have made a damned good actor in a different lifetime.

----Rant Incoming----

I'm not sure there is any consensus on what 'Fake News' is. It seems to mean something completely different depending on the political bent of the particular news outlet.

What Channel 4, BBC, Sky and ITV are guilty of is pro-globalist bias on issues such as Immigration, Brexit, Trump...

Whilst i would expect this sort of thing from the newspapers, i thought our broadcasters were supposed to be impartial. Yet on some issues their bias is as extremely left-wing as Fox News in their extreme right-wing views.

Broadcasters have watered down their facts in favour of, as Charlie Brooker put it 'WOAH'. To the point where if facts dont suit the 'story' then they are ignored in favour of emotional images or emotive voiceovers.

Whilst i dont believe that any news outlet would deliberately try to decieve their viewers, they seem to be so wrapped up in their ideological echo chambers it doesnt compute when someone tells them they are being biased, or that their 'facts' may have been contaminated by their own ideology. This also applies to University Students and Social Media users as well. The ability to ignore, 'block', or 'no-platform' opinions that you disagree with is creating large groups of very narrow minded people.