Turkmenistan's prez Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has shown the UK's TV watchdog how it's done by sacking 30 staff from the main state television channel after a rogue cockroach performed an unscheduled scuttle on the nightly news. According to the Guardian, citing news website Kronika Turkmenistan, viewers were treated to a large …
And I thought it was only Channel 4 who decided it makes sense to repeat the news.
And who doesn't think a cockroach would do a better job of the news than GMTV?
Niyazov also fairly (in)famously sacked the TV weathermen because they kept getting the weather forecast wrong.
Which, given that Ashgabat sits on the edge of a huge desert (the Karakum) is quite an achievement.
What a splendid name
I hope he is every bit as entertaining as his predecessor Niyazov or "Turmenbashi" (Father of the Turkmen) who died in 2006 (not 1996 as stated in the article). He was my favourite dictator - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saparmurat_Niyazov
So this is what REALLY happens...
... When you get bugs in a programme
The on with the pretty long sleeves please...
A tad ott, one thinks?
One recalls that Mandelstam ran into troubles after referring to a certain Georgian as having "cockroach whiskers"
La coucaracha, la coucaracha...
...ya no puede caminar...
You televised a cockroach?!?
I'll squash you like BUGS!
No coat needed - it's warm today...
I, for one, welcome our new cockroach overlords
Next week's news will be presented by the cockroaches. Expect lots of aimless tracking shots and closeups of sugar bowls.
Paris cos she's got an earwig in there.
Standard Operating Procedure?
So, a newsroom in Turkmenistan was bugged. I guess Mr. Berdymukhamedov was upset that it wasn't the State's bug.
/Mine's the tan one with the red plaid lining.
Where's The Footage?
Damn, I wanna see THAT!
RE: La coucaracha, la coucaracha...
...Porque no tiene, porque le falta, marihuana que fumar!
OK from a dictators point of view...
I can understand sacking the cleaners, the directors, maybe even the news crew and the camera guys, but why the journalists?
They just wrote the story's i doubt they had much to do with the cockroach!
PS Why would you sack people over ONE cockroach? A true dictator's lack of being in touch with reality me thinks...
He should have closed...
...the staff cafeteria instead.
Mine's the dirty overalls hanging on the peg.