CNN kicked off 2014 with an epic fail.
The American news channel flashed a caption suggesting that Auckland is a city in Australia while showing highlights from New Year’s celebrations around the world.
Eagle-eyed viewers quickly pounced on the error and shared screenshots on social media, with a number of annoyed Kiwi’s urging the broadcaster to “check their facts”.
CNN hasn’t commented about the embarrassing mix-up.
Awkward moment when TV thinks Auckland is in Australia. #cnn #oops #prettymuchis #partiallytrue pic.twitter.com/jhUiYR3LAW
— Fil (@Snowfreq) January 1, 2014
@CNN Seriously? Auckland, Australia?!? Peter Jackson and Middle Earth are very disappointed! On behalf of US, my apologies to NZ! #CNNNYE
— Leilani Munter (@LeilaniMunter) January 1, 2014
Geography is not the strong suit of @cnn – happy new year from Auckland Australia? #cnnfail pic.twitter.com/FjrIwgKj6P
— Richard David Jordan (@richarddjordan) January 1, 2014
BREAKING NEWS! @cnn has moved Auckland to Australia for 2014! pic.twitter.com/6piMrSOjUW
— Toph Miller (@tophmiller2) January 1, 2014
Wow @CNN you're such a global company #CNNNYE #Auckland #Australia #InTouchWithTheWorld pic.twitter.com/Yj9fLc8rhq
— Josh Lindsay (@joshlindsay) January 1, 2014
It’s not the first time CNN has been a little confused about Australia, most notably during its coverage of Cyclone Yasi. And it’s also not alone. American network NBC published a map showing the whole of Australia on fire, despite them being confined largely to New South Wales.