Russian TV accidentally airs anti-Putin diatribe
MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian television channel accidentally interrupted its evening news show with a doom-laden report of evils committed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently slipped on air by a disgruntled employee.
The female newsreader on the Eastern Express channel, based in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, read an upbeat item about new medical equipment in regional hospitals, only for her broadcast to be interrupted by an item saying that "the epoch of Putin ... brought Russia criticism from every international rights organisation."
The broadcast was on July 31 but the story only caught national attention this week after a video was posted on YouTube.
The clip was put on air by a director at the channel who had quarrelled with the management, reported regional news website Znak.com, citing sources.