ITV announces death of Pope in Christmas blunder — Analysis

Kylie Pentelow, a presenter on ITV News incorrectly reported the death of Pope Francis at Christmas Day.

“The Pope’s festive address focused on his prayers for the pandemic to come to an end. He said vaccines should be made available to those most in need,”Pentelow made a report on Saturday night, and then added, “His death was announced… uh, excuse me.”

The camera pan of Pentelow revealed that the presenter looked very unhappy as the segment progressed.

Scott Bryan from BBC Broadcasting was mocked for making the error. tweeting, “Someone get this newsreader a drink STAT. We all make mistakes.”

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“Spare a thought for everyone working the Christmas shift today,”Another person wroteOne former broadcaster also revealed the possible source of the error.

“When I worked at ITN news we had to do practice runs for announcing the Queen’s death,”she declared. “We had all the right obits ready but all the names were replaced with Mrs Brown to avoid mistakes like this…”

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