03/05/2014 05:12 pm ET Updated Mar 05, 2014

BBC Apologizes For Airing Screaming Sounds Over Oscar Pistorius Report

The BBC apologized for playing an audio clip of dogs howling, men yelling and a woman screaming over a report Monday about the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

Just as radio host Vic Minett began a report on the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete on trial for the murder of his girlfriend last year, the sound of screams, howling and booing began to play over the announcer, making his words almost entirely incomprehensible.

The words "Oscar Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend" were the last thing listeners were able to hear before the sounds began. Minett apologized moments after the glitch occurred on Monday.

“Apologies for a couple of technical problems during that news bulletin," Minett said. "A few odd things sneaking in there.”

A BBC spokesperson told the Guardian that the glitch was a "technical mistake."

Surprisingly, this is not the first time that the BBC apologized for a sound error involving the Pistorius murder trial. They also apologized in February for playing Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe" immediately after reporting on the case. The song was not received well by listeners as it refers to a man who says he shot his "old lady" "down to the ground."

Listen to the audio clip to hear the glitch.

(h/t: The Guardian)



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