US broadcaster CNN teased for setting up COP26 studio in Edinburgh

Anchor Wolf Blitzer mocked on social media after posting image of temporary studio with view of Edinburgh Castle.

US broadcaster CNN teased for setting up COP26 studio in Edinburgh iStock

US television network CNN has been mocked for setting up a studio in Edinburgh for its coverage of the COP26 summit taking place in Glasgow.

The broadcaster’s anchor, Wolf Blitzer, tweeted a photo of a temporary studio set up in the Scottish capital with the city’s famous castle serving as the backdrop.

Blitzer wrote: “I’m now reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland where 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered for the COP26 Climate Summit.

“COP, by the way, stands for “Conference of the Parties”. It’s the 26th time they have gathered to discuss and take action on this critical issue.”

The journalist was mocked on social media after sharing the image.

Referencing an area in Glasgow, SNP MP David Linden joked: “Pictured in front of Castlemilk.”

Former MP George Galloway added: “Er, it’s in Glasgow.”

Optician chain Specsavers was among the responses poking fun at the apparent geographical mix-up. They quoted the tag line from their adverts but changed the slogan to write: “Should’ve gone to Glasgow”.

CNN has clarified that it also has cameras in Glasgow for the summit in addition to its base in Edinburgh, where US President Joe Biden is staying.

The COP26 summit will see world leaders discuss commitments aimed at helping reduce climate change.

Blitzer joined CNN in 1990 and is the anchor of The Situation Room.

According to CNN the programme provides viewers with “in-depth reports about the political, international and breaking news stories of the day”.

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