Indian channel apologises for riot report

Indian channel Sun TV has apologised for its erroneous coverage of Sunday's riot in Little India.

In a letter to Singapore's High Commissioner in New Delhi, Mr Lim Thuan Kuan, on Wednesday, its editor-in-charge, Mr R. Umashankar, said that it had aired a more accurate version of what happened that night.

He said the amended item was carried in the 7pm prime time (Chennai time) bulletin on Tuesday "with the same prominence and duration of the original news aired on Monday".

Its 7pm news bulletin is shown here at 9.30pm on cable stations StarHub and SingTel mio TV. Mr Lim had asked the network for a correction after it claimed that Singaporeans had attacked the Indian national rioters.

"As editor in-charge of the News Section of Sun TV, I take up the responsibility for the incorrect news and I sincerely apologise for what has happened," Mr Umashankar wrote.

"There was absolutely no intention on our part to do anything that will spoil the centuries-old cordial and friendly relationship among various communities living in Singapore. I also assure you that this kind of error will not happen again."

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