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News Anchor Announces Death of 'Important Writer' William Shakespeare in Live TV Goof-up

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Last Updated: June 01, 2021, 15:12 IST

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William Shakespeare, the second person in the world to get the Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine jab died due to an unrelated illness.

Reporting about deaths during the pandemic can be quite distressing. However, one newsreader’s gaffe has made a piece of death news amusing for the netizens. While reporting about the death of a Briton named William 'Bill' Shakespeare, Argentinian news presenter Noelia Novillo assumed she was reporting about the extremely famous 16th-century playwright– William Shakespeare. The incident happened on live television and viewers were left amused, while the reporter was quite embarrassed with her faux pas. The report was about an 81-year-old Coventry resident by the same name.

In her live report for Canal 26, Novillo talked about the “death of a great man”, then proceeded to say, “As we all know, he's one of the most important writers in the English language — for me the master. Here he is.” According to Ladbible, the channel then ran footage of the 21st century William Shakespeare getting a vaccine jab.

The octogenarian made headlines last year as he became the second person in Britain to get the Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine during the clinical trial phase. According to reports, his death isn’t related to Covid-19 vaccine or the coronavirus. The senior citizen passed away at the University Hospital Coventry after a prolonged illness.

Once Novillo realised her mistake, she said the mistake was due to missing “a full stop, a comma, some brackets.”In an Instagram post, she said, “Thank you all. Those who know me know that I have been working in the media for many years. Here is my answer. I love and respect my work at Canal 26 very much. Faced with so much news, I missed a period, a comma and it can happen.” The original post was written in Spanish.

Another Canal 26 journalist showed solidarity to her co-worker and called her “one of the **** best and most professional.” While a viewer noted, “Always my love; you are a very professional and divine person.”

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first published:June 01, 2021, 14:59 IST
last updated:June 01, 2021, 15:12 IST