By Amit Roy
REETA CHAKRABARTI turned in a perfect performance when officiating as the BBC’s mistress of ceremonies from the ballroom of Buckingham Palace at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Alas, the same cannot be said for presenter Rebecca Jones, who described Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena as Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
The error occurred when she was providing live coverage of Commonwealth leaders arriving at Buckingham Palace for a banquet hosted by the Queen.
Nor was this mix-up her only embarrassing mistake. She referred to the Jamaican leader Andrew Holness as the island nation’s “president”, when he is actually the prime minister. She also seemed to pronounce his name as “Holmes” (as in Sherlock).
A BBC spokesperson said: “This was a mistake during a live broadcast and we apologise for our error.”
One wonders whether she would get away with making a similar mistake if she was covering, say, the royal wedding.
Back in December, the BBC got similarly muddled when reporting the death of Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor. The accompanying footage shown on its main 10pm evening news bulletin was that of Amitabh Bachchan with Rishi Kapoor.