Followers of DVB TV were treated to an unexpected surprise on Wednesday evening when presenter Moe Myint Zin was caught in a TV “blooper”. Reading aloud from her news script without realising she was still on air, the news anchor exclaimed dah bae! – meaning “that’s it!” – and removed her microphone and ear piece as the cameras rolled on.
While the news segment was not shown live, it was recorded late Wednesday at 8:30pm, and the technician on duty in the editing room had to rush to prepare the segment for the evening reel.
Following a report on a helicopter disaster in the UK, the final news item on Wednesday was about World War II sex slaves, which presenter Moe Myint Zin narrated from a script as a “voice-over” while the footage rolled. Unfortunately, no one in the studio realised the footage had ended and the presenter was left reading aloud, at one point stopping to clear her throat and repeat a line.
As the show wasn’t live, the voice-over should have been edited, but in the rush to broadcast no one noticed the oversight.
“I was a little bit shocked when I saw it,” said Moe Myint Zin with a laugh.
When the blooper was caught the next morning, embarrassed technicians scrambled to re-edit the news footage and a revised edition was broadcast on Thursday, showing Moe Myint Zin resumed in a poised position.
DVB records six hours of programming daily, which are rotated so that each is broadcast four times in 24 hours.
DVB has an average of five million viewers every day in Burma, plus several thousand outside the country. News is broadcast by satellite from the DVB studio in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, as electricity, communications and technical support are usually superior to those in Burma.
To view DVB News Blooper, click here.