SABC boo boo was test footage

2013-08-02 13:22
Johannesburg – Turns out the Facebook video that made the rounds early Friday morning regarding a blooper on the new SABC News TV channel was part of test footage and not an actual broadcast.

According to a reliable source the footage was part of a test-run before the actual interview with Zuma.

The video which went viral was in fact part of the earlier test transmissions of the SABC News TV channel which officially launched at 18:00 on Thursday evening without a glitch.

Before that the channel and anchors did mock dry-runs of the interviews they planned to do, without the high level guests, testing links and intros for time and camera angles.

The channel also cycled through and tested satellite link-ups for provincial and international news bureaux and played with various on-screen graphics.

Some viewers might have caught a glimpse of the test images.

The new SABC News TV channel’s first real on-air gaffe happened later Thursday evening when co-anchor Peter Ndoro interviewed the SABC’s interim chairperson Zandile Tshabalala but called her “Andile”. She then publicly corrected him live on the air.

“A point of correction, my name is Zandile. Zandile. Not Andile.”

“Sorry, sorry for that mistake,” said Ndoro.

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