BBC turns Ed Miliband into Ed Miller Band

October 17, 2011 in Advocacy & Access, Technology
Deaf viewers complain about standard of corporation’s subtitlesBy Daily Mail Reporter, October 11, 2011

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Mangled subtitling on live BBC programmes is providing viewers with some unintended comedy moments.

The BBC has come under fire from groups for the hard of hearing for its increasing number of bizarre gaffes, which have included calling the Labour leader Ed Miller Band and the Church of England leader the arch bitch of Canterbury.

The blunders are understood to be caused during live events where either a stenographer types words phonetically or by speech recognition.

This sees a person talking into a microphone as they observe the broadcast and a computer then changes what they are saying to subtitles.

During the Queen Mother’s funeral, a solemn call for silence became ‘we will now have a moment’s violence’.

When a BBC announcer revealed the Government was ‘making helpful decisions’, deaf viewers would have been left wondering why politicians were ‘making holes for surgeons’.

A report that mentioned pigs on a farm nibbling on ‘wellies’ became something much ruder

One politician talking to the Daily Politcs told presenter Andrew Neil was subtitled as saying he did not believe in ‘soliciting’ himself when what he actually said was ‘shortlisting’.

Other gaffes have seen the Ireland rugby team renamed as Island and the sale of millions of puppies in Britain was not about the trade in live dogs but actually a story about people wearing poppies for Remembrance Day.

EXTREME ERRORS
The phrase ‘principally chemical and biological weapons’ was changed to ‘The Prince of Chemical and Bionicle Weapons’

Subtitles called Italian prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, ‘Mr Beryl Beryl’

‘Millions of puppies’ were sold for Remembrance Sunday last year.

The errors have become so common they have spawned their own dedicated website.

The BBC is the only broadcaster in the world that subtitles all of its programmes.

Groups for the deaf and hard of hearing have admitted they receive regular complaints about the issue and called on broadcasters to monitor the ‘quality of their subtitling’ and reduce mistakes.’

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We recognise that  subtitling it a hugely important service, and we endeavour to ensure it is as accurate as possible.
‘There are occasions, particularly during live broadcasts, when mistakes will happen but we do all we can to keep this to a minimum and are constantly striving to improve accuracy.’