An Australian news programme has been forced to apologise after incorrectly declaring Bob Dylan had died.
Australia’s Today programme was covering the news that documents relating to the legendary singer-songwriter had been auctioned off for $495,000 (£373,000) when the error was made.
A banner ran along the bottom of the screen that read: ‘Late singer’s documents sell for $495 thousand.’
The mistake was only corrected half an hour later.
Bob Dylan is one of the most influential musicians of his generation, and very much alive and well at 79. He released the acclaimed album Rough and Rowdy Ways earlier this year.
Presenter Richard ‘Dickie’ Wilkins apologised for the error, saying: ‘We need to make a correction now.’
‘About half an hour ago on our entertainment chat, we incorrectly ran a banner on your screen about Bob Dylan. It was false and we apologise for any confusion.’
The items that were sold in the auction included transcripts of interviews between Dylan and American blues artist Tony Glover.
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