BBC explains why ‘Nigel Owens is a gay’ appeared on subtitles during Six Nations coverage 3 years ago

BBC explains why ‘Nigel Owens is a gay’ appeared on subtitles during Six Nations coverage

It did not go unnoticed during coverage of Scotland’s victory over England on Saturday.

The BBC has offered an explanation as to why the line ‘Nigel Owens is a gay’ appeared on subtitles during the station’s coverage of the Six Nations clash between Scotland and England.

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Viewers tuning into the BBC coverage spotted subtitles which read: 'Yellow card. Nigel Owens is a gay penalty and yellow card' in the 66th minute of the game after Sam Underhill was cautioned by the well-respected referee.

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The subtitles were immediately corrected to read: 'Nigel Owens is saying penalty and yellow card.'

Explaining the incident to Wales Online, a BBC spokesperson said: “Our live subtitling service produces accuracy levels in excess of 98% but, as with all broadcasters, there are instances - particularly during live broadcasts - when mistakes happen.

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"On this occasion the voice recognition subtitling software made an error which was spotted and corrected immediately."