Taiwan Television Accidentally Reports Invasion by China

CTS apologized, noted the 'gross negligence' and promised 'relevant personnel would be severely disciplined'

On Wednesday morning, a Taiwanese Television station mistakenly reported, “Communist forces strike New Taipei City with guided missiles.”

One of Taiwan’s public broadcasters, CTS, placed text from a pre-made disaster drill at the bottom of its 7 a.m. news bulletin.

The ticker, placed in error, read, “Naval vessel explodes, facilities, ships damaged at Port of Taipei.” It went on to state, “Arson and explosives placed by suspected special forces at Banqiao Station, no casualties.”

Taiwan’s Chinese Television System station took action to immediately apologize for the error after citizens called the Taiwanese government and the television station to clarify the disturbing information. 

The station placed a statement on its website in red to notify viewers of the error and offer an apology. 

During a late morning broadcast, an anchor said, “Citizens, please don’t be overly panicked. We hereby clarify the information and apologize.”

CTS also placed a notice at the top of its YouTube live stream, which read, “The news ticker content shown earlier was part of a disaster prevention video created by the New Taipei Fire Department. Today, due to incorrect settings, the content of yesterday’s video was mistakenly inserted.”

One of the station’s anchors noted the alerts were intended for a drill with the Fire Department in New Taipei City but were mistakenly broadcast on Wednesday due to a technical error.

CTS offered its sincere apologies in an expanded statement on the website. The apology acknowledged “gross negligence” and promised “relevant personnel would be severely disciplined.”

Taiwan, which raised its alert level since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is cautious of China taking similar action. However, the Taiwanese government has not conveyed any credible signs that an attack is imminent.

Beijing has increased its pressure on Taiwan following President Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration in 2016. The President views the island as a sovereign country and not part of Chinese territory.

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