TV station confuses Queen with Thatcher

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A journalist checks words left on the condolence book for the late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the British Consulate in Hong Kong on April 9, 2013.

Taipei, Taiwan -

A Taiwanese news station has apologised for airing footage of Queen Elizabeth II while reporting the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

CTi Cable flashed a headline of “Margaret Thatcher Dies of Stroke” and showed two clips of the queen shaking hands with the public. The station apologised on Monday night after viewers criticised the station for failing to distinguish between the women.

News producers for Thailand's army-owned Channel 5 apologised for showing actress Meryl Streep's picture in a segment on Tuesday morning. For nearly two minutes, it displayed Thatcher's biography alongside a picture of Streep in character for “The Iron Lady.”

The production team wrote on Facebook later: “We will improve and develop our work more carefully and are deeply sorry.”

Thatcher died on Monday in London at age 87. - Sapa-AP


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