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BBC offer explanation for embarrassing 'Nigel Owens is a gay' subtitle gaffe during England v Scot.
Wales Online ^ | 27 FEB 2018 | Anthony Woolford

Posted on 02/28/2018 10:56:22 PM PST by nickcarraway

Unfortunate error occurred on TV screens whilst Owens was refereeing Six Nations game

BBC rugby bosses have had to correct an unfortunate subtitling error after the words 'Nigel Owens is a gay' was brandished across TV screens during their high-profile England versus Scotland coverage at the weekend.

WalesOnline readers picked up on the gaffe which appeared after 65 minutes when the world's number one referee yellow carded England flanker Sam Underhill at Murrayfield.

The subtitle explanation of the decision, captured in the screen-shot, read: 'Yellow card. Nigel Owens is a gay penalty and yellow card.'

The Beeb quickly corrected it to read: ' Nigel Owens is saying penalty and yellow card'.

A BBC Spokesperson said: “Our live subtitling service produces accuracy levels in excess of 98% but, as with all broadcasters, there are instances - particularly during live broadcasts - when mistakes happen.

"On this occasion the voice recognition subtitling software made an error which was spotted and corrected immediately."

The Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield was the Beeb's flagship sporting event last weekend with ITV earlier in the day screening Wales' Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

BBC rugby bosses have had to correct an unfortunate subtitling error after the words 'Nigel Owens is a gay' was brandished across TV screens during their high-profile England versus Scotland coverage at the weekend.

WalesOnline readers picked up on the gaffe which appeared after 65 minutes when the world's number one referee yellow carded England flanker Sam Underhill at Murrayfield.

The subtitle explanation of the decision, captured in the screen-shot, read: 'Yellow card. Nigel Owens is a gay penalty and yellow card.'

The Beeb quickly corrected it to read: ' Nigel Owens is saying penalty and yellow card'.

The BBC subtitles made an error when relaying what commentator Andrew Cotter said (Image: BBC)

A correction was inserted immediately afterwards A BBC Spokesperson said: “Our live subtitling service produces accuracy levels in excess of 98% but, as with all broadcasters, there are instances - particularly during live broadcasts - when mistakes happen.

"On this occasion the voice recognition subtitling software made an error which was spotted and corrected immediately."

The Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield was the Beeb's flagship sporting event last weekend with ITV earlier in the day screening Wales' Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

BBC brought in subtitling in the early 1980s allowing deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers to follow programmes via a transcript of the TV soundtrack.

The Welsh referee had an eventful weekend outside of the sub-title gaffe copping flak from English fans for his handling of the Scotland game, which saw former Ospreys flanker Sam Underhill yellow carded and two potential Red Rose tries disallowed.

But he found staunch support from rugby greats Sir Clive Woodward, Paul O'Connell and Will Greenwood for his officiating.


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1 posted on 02/28/2018 10:56:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

2003 (ABC News CCA): Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was “in the hospital for an enlarged prostitute.”


2 posted on 02/28/2018 11:16:35 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: nickcarraway

Subtitling services can have a Freudian slip. Just saying.


3 posted on 02/28/2018 11:40:28 PM PST by robel
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To: nickcarraway

Who says it’s a gaff?


4 posted on 02/28/2018 11:48:49 PM PST by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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To: nickcarraway

The guy is a gay. He’s a great ref too.


5 posted on 03/01/2018 12:22:30 AM PST by mindburglar (I have an above average brain stem)
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To: PghBaldy

Yeah, his wife.


6 posted on 03/01/2018 1:23:21 AM PST by rfp1234 (I have already previewed this composition.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Per Wiki

In May 2007, Owens publicly came out as gay in an interview with Wales on Sunday. Reaction was mostly supportive. Owens said that coming out was a difficult decision, and that he had contemplated suicide when he was 26.

“It’s such a big taboo to be gay in my line of work, I had to think very hard about it because I didn’t want to jeopardise my career. Coming out was very difficult and I tried to live with who I really was for years. I knew I was ‘different’ from my late teens, but I was just living a lie.”

Shortly after the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Owens was named ‘Gay Sports Personality of the Year’ at gay rights group Stonewall’s awards ceremony in London.


7 posted on 03/01/2018 1:48:57 AM PST by tired&retired (Blessings)
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To: nickcarraway

The cc for one of our local news channels somehow also includes directions from the teleprompter. “ERIC TOSS TO BILL FOR SPORTS” (not sure of names though) is one I see from time to time.


8 posted on 03/01/2018 1:51:19 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: nickcarraway
BBC rugby bosses have had to correct an unfortunate subtitling error after the words 'Nigel Owens is a gay' was brandished across TV screens during their high-profile England versus Scotland coverage at the weekend.

So I'm in the production truck at this soccer game in England and I says to them, "Hey, let me try out that subtitling software."

9 posted on 03/01/2018 3:07:29 AM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: nickcarraway

The world needs more happy soccer officials. So what? I hear he likes cigarettes too.


10 posted on 03/01/2018 3:17:30 AM PST by dangus (.)
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