State-run broadcaster DD News has dropped a part-time anchor after she mis-pronounced Chinese president Xi Jinping's name thrice and ended up calling the Chinese leader "Eleven Jinping".
The anchor, who is not a permanent employee, was reading a bulletin the night before Jinping's arrival.
"We keep reviewing performances of our staff. The anchor was a casual employee. We have discontinued her services and dropped her from the panel," Archana Dutta, the director-general of DD News, told HT.
Sources told HT, requesting anonymity, that the anchor mistook the Chinese president's first name "Xi" for the Roman numerical "XI" because the news feed in the teleprompter always appears in capital letters.
The anchor was among a panel of news readers who are paid according to assignments and summoned to work on an as-and-when-needed basis up to seven days a month, Dutta said.
The slip-up shows the news reader wasn't aware of the Chinese president's name and his visit, and therefore could not figure out the context, a former news reader on DD said.