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Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2000 00:06:20 -0700
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Subject: ZimCrisis#36 -- Radio Man Axed for 'Rhodesia' Blunder
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A white announcer for Zimbabwe state radio has been fired after referring to the country as "Rhodesia" instead of "Zimbabwe". Veteran broadcaster Tony Gaynor, 63, fell back into a 20- year-old habit when he began to introduce the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's lunchtime news bulletin last week, and announced: "This is the Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation. The time is one o'clock." He told the independent Daily News that he had been immediately ordered to leave the studio and not to come back until contacted. "It's true, I did make a slip of the tongue. It just happened," said Gaynor, who joined what was then the RBC in 1974 and has continued to work for the station since it became ZBC in 1980. "I was not even conscious that I said it, but I accept that I said it, and I apologised." Information Minister Chen Chimutengwende was enraged. "It was right that he was fired, because that is completely unbelievable and unacceptable. How could he say this 20 years after independence? It means his heart is still in Rhodesia." Gaynor said he had not yet had a response to his written apology. -Independent Online

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