New Delhi | Doordarshan is no stranger to committing broadcasting blunders. But the glitch-prone public broadcaster saw some particularly disastrous anchoring and on-air flubs during the recent India International Film Festival (IFFI) in Goa, which has now gone viral on social media.
The ill-prepared anchor assigned to cover the flagship state-run cinema event messed up everything a television reporter could — from her lines to her description of the event, committing some 20 obnoxious gaffes.
In one instance, she refers to the governor of Goa as the “governor of India”. Remember Mountbatten?
In the course of an hour she spent on the red carpet, she was bizarrely incoherent.
Sample this: “Aur mujhe IFFI ka concept bahut pasand aaya kyunki hum poori duniya mein friendship banaye rakhte hain… aur cooperation seekhte hain. (I really like the concept of IFFI because we are able to continue friendship globally and foster cooperation.)”
Or this: “Goa is going to become a very, very significant part of this world. All around the world, Goa will be known for its festivals. I mean, I am just obliged to be a part of it.”
The anchor also had some serious on-air admission to make as a film journalist: “I don’t know much about films and stuffs in depth.”
She then asked the most impertinent question ever asked to a film festival delegate: “Sir, do you like films.” Some silence, and then pat came the reply: “Of course I do.”
After the clip featuring portions of a “clueless” live presentation by a Doordarshan anchor on the inauguration day of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) went viral on social media, Prasar Bharati has deputed a senior officer to look into the matter.
The official added it appeared that the anchor, a casual employee, has not been thoroughly prepared to carry out the live presentation and at moments appeared “clueless”.
When contacted, Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar said the public broadcaster was looking into the matter and “gaffes” cannot be allowed to go on.
He, however, added that with 18,000 vacancies in regular posts and no regular recruitment in the last 20 years the Station Directors had to take all types of casual employees and not all are skilled enough.
Doordarshan had been in news for the past also for embarassing goof-ups including one in which an anchor on DD News mistook the name of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping for Roman numeral and pronounced it as eleven.
In another instance, a visual of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was put on air before a news segment carrying news related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit.
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