BBC’s Newsnight has apologised after accidentally mixing up Pakistani cricket legends Imran Khan and Wasim Akram in an opening montage clip.
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Footage of the bowler was accidentally included in an opening package about Khan’s campaign to become the next prime minister of Pakistan – and many viewers took note.
Newsnight quickly noticed the error and apologised via the official Twitter account.
“Apologies on our intro just then!! A bit of an error – that was Wasim Akram bowling and not Imran Khan,” the tweet read.
But the tweets still began to stream in…
Wow. Newsnight have just played a clip of Wasim Akram thinking he's Imran Khan. I'm guessing there aren't any cricket fans on their research team ???????????? #Newsnight
— Andy Clarke (@MrAndyClarke) July 25, 2018
— David Gauke (@DavidGauke) July 25, 2018
Oops. #Newsnight has just opened tonight's programme which concentrates on former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan with a video of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram.
— Mark ?? ?? (@chislehurst) July 25, 2018
At the end of the programme, presenter Evan Davis apologised on air.
“We made a mistake in our opening tonight,” he said. “The footage we showed was of the cricketer Wasim Akram, not Imran Khan. Don’t know how that happened, sincere apologies for that.”
The episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer.
Newsnight airs nightly on BBC1 at 10.30pm