BBC ‘male’ typo not actually a typo

We received several comments from readers about our post last week claiming BBC World News made a mistake by identifying an on-screen guest as simply “Male” in a lower third, as shown above.

Turns out it’s not a typo.

Malé (with an accent on the “e”) is actually the capital of the Maldives, a nation in the Indian Ocean.

The screen capture, in turns out, was from an installment of “HardTalk” a few months ago, which is available on YouTube.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have that context available to us when we originally wrote the post since it was a photo circulating on Facebook.

That said, the BBC could have been a bit clearer by adding the accent mark and also the country name with the city name to clarify the location for viewers unfamiliar with the locale.




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