We are all aware that the media generally don’t have the highest opinion, or give the best portrayal, of the club and/or Newcastle fans.

However, a new low was reached on Sunday night by the BBC.

Match of The Day 2 declaring ‘black and white scum’ as they covered the Newcastle v Liverpool game.

If you were using subtitles, then this appeared on your TV screen:

“And for the reds against the black and white scum he boasts five.”

The BBC now releasing the following statement to explain:

“Our live subtitling service is normally very accurate and makes our content much more accessible, but there are times when unfortunate errors occur.

“On this occasion, the error was spotted and corrected immediately.”

However, it wasn’t corrected before Author and Newcastle fan Paul Brown captured this image:

For those watching with the sound on, they heard MOTD 2 commentator Guy Mowbray talking about Daniel Sturridge and his goals record against Newcastle.

Mowbray saying: ‘Sturridge has scored in all four of his previous Premier League starts at Newcastle. For the Reds against the team in black and white, he boasts five goals in five appearances’.

The BBC state of the art software adding the word ‘scum’ inadvertently for those reading the subtitles.



  • TwinFire

    well, from what he said, there was nothing sounding like the word ‘scum’ during that sentence for the highly sophisticated near flawless software. Now, unless someone next to him shouted scum during his piece ill accept that, but otherwise this is a p!$$ take and there will be evidence of it being inserted by some clampet working for the BBC.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Probably a Mackem insider.

  • Lord

    No software I know of would translate ‘For the Reds against the team in black and white’ into ‘For the Reds against the black and white scum’.

    • Leazes Ender

      Try it…. say ‘black.and.whites.comma’

      • molend

        So every time you say ‘s comma’, it comes up with scum? Harraway.

        • Leazes Ender

          No you imbecile the operator inserts verbally whilst viewing text inserted automatically via VRS live and places ‘.’ punctuation but in this case it didn’t, it corrected the spelling.

          • molend

            So the Vicar, who’s familiar with this software, is ‘an idiot’ and I, who’ve been using VRS for years, am ‘an imbecile’. What are you like when you’re less than charming?

          • Leazes Ender

            Not nice.

  • Simon Ritter

    This is the good old BBC explaining absolutely nothing. It says there was an unfortunate error. It does not say how that error was made, who made it or why it was made. As for “spotted and corrected immediately”, that sounds extremely close to being tosh. Whenever I switch on subtitles, they can barely keep up with the action. There never seems to be time to “spot and correct”, immediately or otherwise. The BBC should try the “honesty is the best policy” approach and simply admit some minion was having a laugh at our expense.

  • The Vicar

    Software is written by human beings. You should see the actual code written by programmers and sold by MS, IBM and similar. No one is perfect.

    Nevertheless, here we have the BBC, champion of the liberal metropolitan elite who hold us and our like in utter contempt. I have no doubt at all that this is what the BBC think of us.

    • Leazes Ender

      Its voice recognition software you idiot. This story has omitted the crucial bit about inline editing which was where the mistake was made, the word ‘comma’ inserted by the operator being mistaken for ‘scum’. I gave up on it years ago but new technology has brought us to almost instantaneous ‘live’ reading capability….. wondrous times.

      • The Vicar

        I know a bit about software (like a lot more than you) and it does commit some real howlers. But when it does the howlers are easily identifiable; you can see how it worked, or tried to.

        • Leazes Ender

          I’ve use it.

          • The Vicar

            Everyone uses it. Hard to avoid.

          • Leazes Ender

            Got it on the smart tv but don’t use it.

          • The Vicar

            I’m with you. Also some spellchecks.

          • Joe W

            Leazes Ender is completely correct in his assertion that “black and whites comma he boasts five” was misheard by the voice recognition software that generates the subtitles as “black and white scum he boasts five.” I can promise you there is no conspiracy in this instance, just an error. Although the BBC still fails in its lax explanation of how live subtitles are generated and subsequently how this sort of unfortunate error occurs.

          • Phil K

            Try it. And see that it doesn’t. Not either of mine anyway

      • Phil K

        When was the last time you saw corrective software replace a word with “scum” ? What can it get mixed up with ? Comma ????? You serious ?

    • Danimal

      Liberal metropolitan elite? Jesus Christ.

      • The Vicar

        Jesus Christ is not part of the liberal metropolitan elite you dummy.

        • Danimal

          Isn’t he? Does that mean he voted for Brexit, likes Trump, wants teachers to smoke in classrooms, doctors to carry machine guns, everyone to spend their spare time putting pit bulls down mole holes and he generally goes around shouting at anyone who tries to have a reasoned discussion about anything? Or is that the “Westminster bubble”, or “experts”, or some other BS populist cliche I’m thinking of? As far as the text thing goes, I suspect someone did it for a laugh and I’m not sufficiently bothered about it to want that person’s kids to do without a Christmas dinner this year.

          • The Vicar

            It was the powerful and abusive who hated Jesus, who whether you are a Christian or not stood up for the poor, the dispossessed, the sick and infirm, the people who couldn’t support themselves …. And this was both sides of the political debate.
            And that includes the people who tell us we must pay double for our fuel, invest in windmills that don’t work to fund their pals, fund a huge bureaucracy that adds nothing to poor people and simply orders us to do this or that with no recourse, that ships all our jobs to Asia, that …. I could go on and on.

          • Danimal

            You did.

          • The Vicar

            Never thought I’d see the Democrats (US) and Labour (UK) as the party of the toffs, but that is where we are.

          • wheyayeman

            Whatever the state of the nation or the promises made by political leaders there is nothing which can transform the human heart like the good news of Jesus Christ who is the way the truth and the life.

          • The Vicar

            Absolutely brilliant. Spot on bro’

          • Danimal

            A few pints usually do the trick too.

          • Phil K

            Oh for Gods sake – a Trump ranter who’s been told to rant, but not why. Ive never met one of your kind who has a clue what you lecture the rest of us about. Shouting at anyone who wants to have a reasoned discussion ? You’ve just described your own kind.

          • Danimal

            Pleased you enjoyed it. Cheers.

  • lukegte

    Lies

    • Clarko

      You’re an idiot.

  • ghostrider

    Chances are that the person who wrote it intentionally wrote scum. However us being able to prove that is killed off by predictive text being a very good alibi, so on that note it’s not worth the effort to bother about.

  • Brian Standen

    Just a coincidence that Guy Mowbray happens to be a Sunderland fan!

  • Steve Smith

    Sky let slip their mask today with a grammatical error also when talking about us:

    “It’s a really good start for another side who we many tipped to struggle. They’ve picked up some important results against sides in and around them, which will be vitally important.”

    “We tipped to struggle” v “many tipped to struggle”

    Because Sky wouldn’t try to cause drama at our club unnecessarily, they only report facts…

    • Phil K

      Sky are like BBC and Manchester and Southern media – it’s their need to sneer and be bafflingly spiteful towards some people, and still pat each other on the back and say how “moral” they are

  • Steve Pearce

    It was actually meant to say red and white scum…….

  • Wor Lass

    I think the Fortunes did a song about this many years ago. Read Leazes` comments below. Unless Clarko comes on to enlighten us as to why Leazes is wrong then he`s explained it all.

    • Leazes Ender

      I think he’s on holiday in Spain with Monarch airlines.

      • magpiefifer

        I hope so!!!!!

      • Wor Lass

        No, that`s Triple M and the Muppet. Wait …. you`re not suggesting …. no … never … um ….?

        • Leazes Ender

          gone quiet hasn’t it?

  • Alreet

    Just for clarity this hasnt been corrected and is still available through catch up. BBC lieing again.

  • Phil K

    BBC showing their bias again – remember this comes from role reversal, politically correct heterophobic BBC showing their ugly hypocritical regional bias (it’s their version of racism and phobias middle class Londoners must feel superior and nasty towards – so they’ve been targeting our area since 80s)

    • Danimal

      Sorry been busy (having a life) but, having read some of your bile, decided to look at your profile. Wow, it’s frightening.