reports the set had numerous screens behind the anchor desk and for 10 minutes at about 10 a.m., viewers of the 24-hour Swedish news channel watched hardcore pornography broadcast on one of the screens while two anchors reported on the Syrian war.
Rather than shock, the unexpected broadcast may only have renewed viewers' interest in the newscast, hardcore-pornography being rare inclusion in the news.
The porn clip played during a segment that featured the political situation in war-ravaged Syria. According to the Daily Mail
, it began during a phone interview with the television channel's Russia correspondent. As the anchor discussed Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war with the foreign correspondent, a naked woman writhed sensuously in the background.
observes that while TV4 News
is not the first mainstream television station to accidentally broadcast hardcore pornography to the world, the TV station "set the record for staying power." The adult film continued playing for ten minutes before it was noticed and turned off.
The Daily Mail
reports a viewer told Swedish-language newspaper Aftonbladet
: "I thought I was mistaken, but it soon became pretty clear when I saw how they moved. You could clearly see what was happening. It makes you wonder why they didn't spot it sooner."
Danyal Ek, a 23-year student from Lund in southern Sweden, told The Local
: "At first I realized 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."
Ek: "I had two theories. One is that someone was pissed off after getting fired and put the porno up as act of revenge. My other thought was that someone had simply screwed up."
However, Global Post
reports the broadcasters denied that it was an act of revenge by a former employee. They said it resulted from a technical error.
TV4's parent company C More Entertainment (known formerly as Canal+), owns several movie channels showing adult films late at night. The television screens in the newsroom received the input from the company's computers accidentally.
Andreas Haglind, managing editor of TV4News
, told Expressen
: "No one was sitting there watching the film. It is likely that a downloading process was in progress on one of the servers in the building and the film began playing by mistake. We turned it off as soon as possible. This shouldn't have to happen and it won’t happen again."
He added: "It's not like we were directly broadcasting porn."
reports Haglind said: "Put simply, it's crap that it happened. We're going to do everything we can so that it doesn't happen again."