BANGKOK — A television news anchor formally apologized to the chief of the Royal Thai Police today for accidentally mispronouncing his name as a Thai swearword on a live program.
Speaking on a Saturday morning news show, the Channel 7 anchorwoman accidentally replaced Pol.Gen. Somyot Pumpanmuang’s first name with a similar sounding Thai swearword.
The news anchor, Panurat Promkhachasut, quickly apologized to the audience on the live show, and met with Pol.Gen. Somyot at the Royal Thai Police's headquarters for a formal apology today.
Pol.Gen. Somyot said he accepted the apology and called the incident "a tiny mistake that can happen." He also called on the station administrators not to punish Panurat.
"I would like to ask the administrators not to criticize or punish her, because it would only make her lose morale in performing her work," Pol.Gen. Somyot said.
In March this year, Channel 3, a TV station licensed to a private operator by the state, suspended a anchorwoman for a month after she accidentally misidentified the former wife of the Thai Crown Prince during a live news show.