BBC News in the U.K. has mistakenly used the logo for Halo’s United Nations Space Command during a serious report about the ongoing conflict in Syria.
During the broadcast, which occurred last Thursday, the UNSC logo — more commonly associated with Master Chief than Kofi Annan — was attributed to the United Nations Security Council.
A BBC spokesman has now responded to the error, telling Eurogamer, “”BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast, however very occasionally mistakes do happen. Unfortunately an incorrect logo was used during a segment on last week’s News at One bulletin and we apologise [sic] to viewers for the mistake.”
Apparently the image was not broadcast in later editions of the program, but, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, it has been preserved for posterity on YouTube.
Unfortunately the BBC is not the only media outlet confusing gaming with real life right now, as the CanAsian Times is currently using the same Halo logo in its own Syria coverage. The logo is still live on the site at the time of writing.
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