04 February 2014 07:46

For millions of people across the world Friday was a day to celebrate and welcome the Chinese New Year, with 2014 being the Year of the Horse according to Chinese astrology.
For those working at BBC News we suspect Friday saw a few hearts skip a beat when they saw the programme’s subtitles declare this the ‘year of the whores’.
“Welcome to the year of the whores. People around the globe celebrate,” read the subtitles.
The story was originally picked up by The Independent on Monday with the online article titled “Chinese New Year: BBC subtitle blunder reads 'Welcome to the year of the whores”.
According to the article the news first broke on a social media service as “a number of eagle eyed viewers were able to quickly grab a screenshot and post it on Twitter”.
@tirnaog09 wrote: “Happy Chinese New Year, according to BBC Subtitles it should be an interesting one! :-)”
@Bobie_Bobzy added: “Happy New year of the #whores from the #BBC. Bullé!”
Though this is not the first time the BBC’s subtitles have had somewhat of a malfunction - the Archbishop of Canterbury has been referred to as the “Arch bitch of Canterbury”, while during coverage of the Queen Mother’s funeral there was a call for “a moment’s violence” – it is bound to be remembered for a while.


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