BBC’s Queen Elizabeth ‘obituary rehearsal’ goes wrong

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LONDON — BBC conducted a “category one obituary rehearsal” for Queen Elizabeth, 89, Wednesday morning which caused international confusion among media outlets, The Guardian reported.

Ahmen Khawaja, a BBC reporter tweeted:

BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly: @BBCWorld

The reporter quickly deleted the tweet and said it was a prank. However, BBC’s official statement said they were running an “obituary rehearsal,” not a prank.

https://twitter.com/BBCNewsPR/status/606034787036471296/photo/1

Khawaja then deleted a tweet about it being a prank. Deleting Tweets is an ongoing ethical discussion in journalism.

https://twitter.com/AhmenKhawaja/status/606020611907973120

The original tweet prompted CNN to send an alert to affiliate stations in the U.S. of the Queen’s hospitalization.

Coincidentally, the Queen did go to a hospital Wednesday for a routine check-up according to The Guardian. Buckingham Palace confirmed Queen Elizabeth is doing just fine. She has a public appearance scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The Queen will become the country’s longest serving Monarch in September.

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