PTV’s acting MD removed over ‘begging’ blunder

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday removed the acting managing director of Pakistan Television (PTV) after an embarrassing blunder during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech live speech in China on Sunday.

The official order by the ministry read that the acting charge of Colonel (r) Hassan Immad Mohammadi, Director PTVC as Managing Director is withdrawn with immediate effect and further orders.

On last Sunday, in an ironic gaffe spreading on social media, PTV aired a speech by Prime Minister Imran Khan which he was giving in Beijing with the dateline “Begging”.

The PM was addressing an event at the Central Party School in Beijing which the PTV was broadcasting live. In the top left corner of the screen, where it says the location of the event, the screen read “Begging”. While the ticker describing the event got the spellings of Beijing right in Urdu, the word misspelt in English has resulted in an embarrassing moment for PTV.

The gaffe has become particularly ironic since PM Khan is on a mission to secure a package from China to try and stall the impending economic crisis the country is facing.