DD anchor loses job for reading Xi as Eleven

A Doordarshan anchor has reportedly lost her job after she read the name of Chinese president Xi Jinping as “Eleven” Jinping in a late-night bulletin on national television.

The casual newsreader mistook ‘Xi’ in the Chinese president’s name to be the Roman letter for 11, forcing her to make the embarassing faux pas.

“It’s true, we have sacked the concerned newsreader. We are putting systems in place to make sure such things don’t happen in future,” Prasar Bharti chief Jawahar Sircar has said.

Late night bulletins at the state-run Doordarshan are usually read by casual news readers who work on contract and are not on the broadcaster’s payroll.

Jinping on Friday will conclude his three-day visit to India, marked by an unusual bonhomie and a series of agreements signed between the two nations.

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