TVNZ caused an online frenzy last night. Sometime around 9.30pm, a Breaking News ticker appeared on the screen as you see below:
That set social media sites, especially Twitter abuzz. There was such a rush of speculation that Maritime New Zealand had to issue a statement advising that the Rena was still in one piece, and that salvage work was continuing at full speed.
TVNZ has since put this down to a "technical error", but technical errors of that nature don't happen without human help. Regardless of who stuffed up, it's poor form by TVNZ; there is considerable angst over the fate of the Rena, where salvors are working in dangerous and cramped conditions. Quite simply, TVNZ jumped the shark.
On a brighter note, more than half of the 1300 tonnes of oil on Rena have now been pumped off. We have nothing but admiration for those who are battling to prevent further environmental catastrophe off the Bay of Plenty coastline.
Hat-tip (for the image): Whaleoil