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Cue-out behind ‘theek hai’

New Delhi, Dec. 24: The interrogative remark went viral on cyberspace as “proof” of the UPA’s “chalta hai” attitude but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s “Theek hai?” at the end of his message to the nation this morning was nothing more than a technical cue-out, officials and editors said.

“‘Theek hai?’ was the Prime Minister’s way of asking those recording his message if everything was all right with it,” a PMO official said. “The issue is being deliberately blown out of context.”

ANI, which recorded and put out the feed to news channels, said in a statement: “A question to ANI’s cameraman was inadvertently broadcast by some news channels as we fed the PM’s message. The lapse was rectified.”

ANI’s editor (news) Smita Prakash told The Telegraph: “What happened was a purely technical thing: the Prime Minister was confirming if the recording had gone all right. We call it an ‘out-cue’ and that is all it was. The Prime Minister also gave an in-cue, asking ‘Should I start?’, which happens with all recordings.”

Prakash added: “Unfortunately, because we were relaying the feed live, the out-cue also went live and some channels ran it. It was a mistake we quickly corrected.”


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