REPORT: Radio Station Accidentally Publishes Obituaries For Queen Elizabeth, Clint Eastwood, President Jimmy Carter, And More
A French radio station accidentally published roughly 100 obituaries of living celebrities and world leaders Monday, according to The New York Times.
Radio France Internationale (RFI) blamed a website upgrade for the premature publication of pre-written obituaries for prominent figures, according to The New York Times. The obituaries included Queen Elizabeth II, Clint Eastwood, and former President Jimmy Carter, according to The Hill. (RELATED: KOLB: Is Donald Trump The Next Jimmy Carter?)
The radio station said that moving its website to a new content management system caused its approximately 100 unedited drafts to get published, also leading to Google and Yahoo picking up the articles automatically, according to The New York Times.
The radio station apologized “first and foremost to those concerned by these obituaries,” according to a reported statement it released Monday.
“We offer our apologies to the people concerned and to you who follow and trust us,” the radio station said, according to a translation by BBC. RFI has said it is “mobilizing to rectify this major bug.”
Broadcasters and media outlets usually write obituaries ahead of time so that they can be quickly published, The New York Times reported.
Others obituaries published included Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Cuba’s Raul Castro, BBC reported.