Now the illiteracy is spreading to the serious channels

So I can just about take the illiteracy on CBS Action – the clue is in the title (it’s not ‘CBS Literati’) and it’s not like they’re paying anyone there more than tuppence ha’penny an hour anyway.

But now it’s spread to the BBC and the homonym is far worse than a mere typo in this case.

BBC illiteracy for the Boat Race

Okay, fair enough. It’s probably someone typing at high speed, trying to keep up with the people speaking. I can take that, too.

But CNN? What is the matter with you?

CNN illiteracy

“Colorodo Springs”? In “Colorodo”? What’s the matter with you people? Where did you learn that?

  • Isn't the BBC one a computer generated response to the commentary? I only ask as they always have BBC rolling news on my Nationwide branch when I'm queuing up, and the typos are so bad, you'd have to be a dyslexic, illiterate, and basically very stupid typist to get it that badly wrong…�

  • SK

    BBC subtitles are done by people typing very fast using, and this is the key thing to remember, a phonetic keyboard.

    That is the only way they can keep up with speech (it's basically like typing in shorthand), and it is also why you see mistakes exactly like that one. People are often 'eggs sited' too.

  • SK

    BBC subtitles are done by people typing very fast using, and this is the key thing to remember, a phonetic keyboard.

    That is the only way they can keep up with speech (it's basically like typing in shorthand), and it is also why you see mistakes exactly like that one. People are often 'eggs sited' too.

  • SK

    (At least they were a few years ago, they might have moved to computerised text-to-speech by now and that would make the same types of mistakes but even more often. And they've probably moved the computers to Salford too.)

  • SK

    (At least they were a few years ago, they might have moved to computerised text-to-speech by now and that would make the same types of mistakes but even more often. And they've probably moved the computers to Salford too.)

  • SK

    I mean, speech-to-text.

  • SK

    To be honest I'm more concerned that a BBC TV presenter thinks 'You're with the cox of Cambridge last year' is in any way a grammatical sentence. Compared to that the spelling is a minor point.

  • SK

    To be honest I'm more concerned that a BBC TV presenter thinks 'You're with the cox of Cambridge last year' is in any way a grammatical sentence. Compared to that the spelling is a minor point.

  • Toby O'Brien

    Somebody at CNN must have been reading that newly discovered Western novel by Tolkien, featuring the character Colorodo Baggins……

  • Toby O'Brien

    Somebody at CNN must have been reading that newly discovered Western novel by Tolkien, featuring the character Colorodo Baggins……

  • Toby O'Brien

    Somebody at CNN must have been reading that newly discovered Western novel by Tolkien, featuring the character Colorodo Baggins……

  • Hazel

    For live programmes speech recognition software is used. I think it would be a good idea if they programmed the software to prioritise spellings based on the subject matter of the programme (e.g. cox for cocks in the above example) or anticipate difficult spellings. I also think the sentence above should read “you were the cox of Cambridge last year”.

    As an aside “BBC” subtitles aren't done by the BBC but by Red Bee Media who used to be BBC Resources. I believe that Red Bee also handle Channel 4's subs.

  • SK

    My knowledge is out of date in at least two ways, then. Thanks.