State broadcaster CyBC yesterday apologised for transmitting the wrong New Year’s Presidential message on its radio show on December 31 and said an investigation was under way to find out what went wrong.
Instead of broadcasting a traditional New Year’s message from President Anastasiades to welcome 2014 it inadvertently transmitted an address from previous communist incumbent Demetris Christofias.
In a statement CyBC said it was conducting a probe over the embarrassing “error of transmission”.
“The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation apologises for the grave mistake of inadvertently transmitting for a few seconds a New Year’s message by former President Demetris Christofias, instead of broadcasting the New Year’s Message of President Nicos Anastasiades on its radio show.”
It said management expected the outcome of the internal inquiry to be “completed promptly”.
Anastasiades came to power in February 2013 after Christofias decided not to run for re-election in the wake of criticism over his handling of the crisis-hit economy which led to Cyprus needing a €10 billion bailout from international lenders in March.