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Taiwan TV shows queen in reports on Thatcher death

Tuesday - 4/9/2013, 4:07am  ET

British daily newspapers featuring front-page coverage of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death, are seen in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A Taiwanese news station has apologized for airing footage of Queen Elizabeth II while reporting the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

CTi Cable flashed a headline of "Margaret Thatcher Dies of Stroke" and showed two clips of the queen shaking hands with the public. The station apologized Monday night after viewers criticized the station for failing to distinguish between the women.

News producers for Thailand's army-owned Channel 5 apologized for showing actress Meryl Streep's picture in a segment Tuesday morning. For nearly two minutes, it displayed Thatcher's biography alongside a picture of Streep in character for "The Iron Lady."

The production team wrote on Facebook later: "We will improve and develop our work more carefully and are deeply sorry."

Thatcher died Monday in London at age 87.


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