Chicago news station uses P.F. Chang graphic for Pyeongchang Olympic coverage

Jessica Lee, Feb. 13, 2018, 10:45 a.m.


Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul in South Korea, and the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

P.F. Chang's is an Asian-inspired chain restaurant with 210 U.S. locations, including ones in Chicago, Lombard, Northbrook, Orland Park, and Schaumburg. 

It's quite clear that Pyeongchang and P.F. Chang's aren't the same but WLS-Ch.7's news team managed to mix the two up during a Saturday morning broadcast that used a graphic with the phrase, "P.F. Chang 2018" when they were moving to a segment about the Winter Olympics. 

Jayme Nicholas, a spokesperson for the ABC affiliate in Chicago, told Inc. that the mistake was due to a mix-up. The graphic had been created for a "satirical piece" on Friday by sports anchor Mark Giangreco where he encouraged viewers to come up with their own Olympic sport. However, the graphic ended up being used for a serious news story on Saturday by weekend anchor Mark Rivera. Nicholas apologized for the gaffe.

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