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June 3, 2015 1:46 pm  #1


The Queen is not dead yet.

Stupid... stupid... stupid...  and they should use the term 'journalist' loosely based on the way she fact checks..

(Via The Telegraph)

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03328/Queen-tweets-02_3328133b.jpg

BBC journalist faces disciplinary action after killing off the Queen on Twitter

BBC journalist Ahmen Khawaja blames 'silly prank' for tweet about Queen being dead

A BBC journalist is facing disciplinary action for killing off the Queen on Twitter after apparently mistaking a rehearsal of the announcement of her death for the real thing.

The Corporation apologised after Ahmen Khawaja, a broadcast journalist, sent a tweet saying: "'Queen Elizabrth has died [sic]':@BBCWorld"

It was sent during one of the corporation's regular rehearsals for royal deaths, but insiders said Ms Khawaja was not taking part in the exercise and appeared to have overheard the rehearsal and tweeted what she thought was breaking news

Ms Khawaja, 31,had previously sent a tweet saying: "BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly: @BBCWorld."

The King Edward VII Hospital, which has a long association with the Royal family, was part of the BBC script for its dry run. By sheer coincidence the Queen was, in fact, at the very same hospital for her annual check-up at the time, but sources said Ms Khawaja did not know that.

Ms Khawaja's tweets were re-tweeted several times by her followers before she realised the mistake and deleted it, tweeting: "False alarm: Have deleted previous tweets!"

She also said it was the result of a "silly prank" after her phone was left unattended, adding: "Apologies for upsetting anyone!"

By then, however, rumours of the Queen’s death were spreading so quickly that Buckingham Palace felt it had no choice but to issue a statement denying the Queen was ill, breaking its own normal protocol of refusing to comment on speculation about the health of the Royal family.

The BBC was carrying out a royal death rehearsal this morning, and its head of newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, had told staff to keep the fact of the rehearsal off social media.

The BBC later apologised for the tweet, saying in a statement: "During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the Royal Family had been taken ill. The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologise for any offence."

Sources said the tweets were sent as a “direct result” of the rehearsal being overheard and mistaken for the real thing. The BBC said an investigation as part of the corporation's disciplinary process would now take place.
Ms Khawaja describes herself as a multimedia producer at BBC News, producing news bulletins for BBC Urdu's current affairs television programme Sairbeen. She also reports for its website and radio shows.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII's Hospital in London.

"This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment, the Queen has now left hospital."

The episode will have caused irritation at Buckingham Palace, and is another black mark for the BBC, following rows including a trailer edited to give the false impression that the monarch had stormed out of a portrait sitting in 2007, the BBC’s inane coverage of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and a documentary earlier this year which was postponed after an intervention from Clarence House.

The BBC carries out dress rehearsals for the event of the death of the Queen or other senior members of the Royal family at least once a year.

Shortly before the erroneous tweets were sent out, Mr Munro had emailed staff to say: "This morning we are carrying out a low key rehearsal for the way in which television might cover a Category One obituary. It’s mainly a technical procedure looking at the use of the studio.

"It does not involve any sites outside NBH [New Broadcasting House], and it will not include radio or online. This has been in the diary for some time - there is NO editorial reason why this is happening now.
"Procedures have been put in place to isolate the rehearsal from any output. It will take place in Studio E whilst the Victoria Derbyshire show is on air from Studio B. We will be using internal camera positions on the mezzanine, and in the Business unit. The exercise should be completed before 1030, and the News Channel will return to E as scheduled at 1100.

"It’s essential that we can rehearse these sensitive scenarios privately. BBC Tours have been suspended, and the blinds from public areas including reception and the media café will remain dropped.
"I’d also ask for your help in refraining from any external conversations and all social media activity about this exercise. Your continued discretion will be greatly appreciated."


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Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.
 
 

June 3, 2015 7:34 pm  #2


Re: The Queen is not dead yet.

In the words of Ned from  the Bubba the love sponge show: "Ahmen Khawaja...GUILTY"

Last edited by StevieB (June 3, 2015 7:34 pm)


 I am Here, just not all there. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/devious.gif
 

June 20, 2015 10:48 pm  #3


Re: The Queen is not dead yet.

This look at the Queen is very cool.  And very well done.

http://safeshare.tv/w/ThHvJnWnpr

Seems there's more to come.  As such the above is a work in progress.

 

June 21, 2015 3:55 pm  #4


Re: The Queen is not dead yet.

Same thing happened when BN had someone updating Golda Meir's obituary back at head office in Toronto in the early '80s. 
Most news agencies have famous peoples obits ready to go when they do.
Somehow, it got sent out on the newswire and arrived during my 8am newscast on CJCA in Edmonton.
Someone brought the bulletin into the booth and I read it on air.
A minute later, the same person came in with a "bulletin kill" alert from BN, saying the death notice had been moved by mistake.