Journalist wrongly announces Pope’s death in live TV error

Pope Francis turned 85 earlier this month.

Millions of people depend on newspapers, news channels and websites to get updates on events happening around the world. From knowing the scorecard to deciphering the latest political developments, people rely on the news media to gather accurate information. But what happens if a media outlet mistakenly gives false information? In a recent blunder, ITV News reported the Pope’s death while the head of the Roman Catholic Church is alive and well. The live TV blunder happened on Christmas Day. Journalist Kylie Pentelow accidentally announced that the Pope was dead.

Ms Pentelow was reporting live on the pope’s call for vaccination. During his address to the Christmas crowd, Pope Francis stressed the importance of equality of vaccines in all countries. He also urged more and more people to get vaccinated. The reporter said: “He said vaccines should be made available to those who need them most.” She went on to say “His death has been announced”, before realizing her mistake and apologizing.

A clip of this incident was posted by TV broadcaster Scott Bryan on Twitter.

Mr. Bryan added in a later tweet: ‘Someone get this newsreader a STAT drink. We all make mistakes.”

Twitter users reacted to the blunder by recounting other memories of such broadcast errors. A user wrote about a broadcaster who mistakenly announced the Queen’s death while attending a regular obituary rehearsal.

The user wrote: “Reminds me of when a junior BBC producer at a broadcasting house tweeted that the Queen died because she didn’t realize what was going on around her was a rehearsal regular royal obituary.”

A news executive producer commented, “I once killed Bob Dylan the same way.”

A Twitter user defended the TV presenter’s error and said the cue card must have contained incorrect information.

A user said it was the most serious mistake ITV had ever heard.

According to Mirror, the 85-year-old pope was speaking from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He talked about people’s personal and professional relationships, and also touched on conflicts, crises and disagreements around the world.

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