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Thai TV Station Channel 5 Red-Faced after Thatcher-Streep Gaffe



A screenshot of a news program on Thailand’s Channel 5 showing actress Meryl Streep as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher instead of the real recently deceased Thatcher.


BANGKOK – News producers for Thailand’s army-owned Channel 5 apologized for showing actress Meryl Streep’s picture in a segment this morning. For nearly two minutes, it displayed Baroness 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.”

A Taiwanese television news station has apologized for airing footage of Queen Elizabeth II while reporting the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

CTi Cable flashed a headline saying “Margaret Thatcher Dies of Stroke” and showed two clips of the Queen shaking hands with the public. The station apologized last night after viewers criticized it for failing to distinguish between the women.

Mistake: Taiwan’s CTi Cable accidentally showed footage of the Queen when covering Thatcher’s death
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