Staff at a Swedish TV Channel were left red-faced after accidentally airing a porn film in the background of a news segment about Syria.
A female TV4 News anchor was interviewing a correspondent about Bashar al-Assad’s speech at the weekend, when a pornographic film began playing on one of the screens behind her.
Viewers of the show, which aired on Monday morning, were shocked at the unexpected erotic twist to the news.
Danyal Ek, a 23-year-old student, told Swedish paper The Local: “At first I realised I was looking at a naked woman and it quickly became clear she was having sex. The image wasn’t exactly in focus, but it wasn’t hard to figure out what was going on.”
The film aired for around ten minutes before a member of staff noticed and stopped it.
TV4 News editor Andreas Haglind confirmed that that the adult film had been shown live on TV4 News.
Ek added: "I had two theories. One is that someone was pissed off after getting fired and put the porno up as an act of revenge. My other thought was that someone had simply screwed up."
However, the mistake was likely due to the screen being connected to company computers used by other channels operated by TV4-owned C More Entertainment - some of which broadcast erotic content.
Haglind told The Expressen newspaper: "It's not like we were directly broadcasting porn. Put simply, it's crap that it happened. We're going to do everything we can so that it doesn't happen again."