13 Mar 2016

The Beet goes on - by mistake

From Mediawatch, 9:07 am on 13 March 2016

Being as famous as as possible doesn't necessarily mean the media know your name.

The Beatles George Harrison, Paul McCartney, producer George Martin and John Lennon

The Beatles: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, producer George Martin and John Lennon and in the studio at Abbey Road, circa 1965 Photo: Public Domain

When Newshub tweeted the sad news of Sir George Martin's death last Tuesday night, Public Address main man Russell Brown - a former Mediawatch presenter - spotted a mistake:

He was indeed regarded by many people as a fifth member of the band, though most of them would be able to spell the name of the single most famous band in pop music history correctly.

Newshub soon fessed up for that, but they weren't they only ones getting a big name wrong.

CBS News in Los Angeles marked Sir George's death with this:

50 years ago this week George Best was dubbed “El Beatle” after a career-defining performance in Portugal – but for Manchester United Football Club. While that helped make the-then 19 year old a rock star of world football, he never joined the band – unlike Pete Best, who did play the drums before Ringo Starr in front of George Martin.

Even becoming one of the most famous names the world over in music or sport doesn't guarantee the media will get the right name.