BBC news presenter Simon McCoy picked up a stack of printing paper instead of his iPad for on-air presentation about drunkenness, but just “went with it” after spotting his mistake.
The 51-year old broadcaster was doing a piece to camera from the corporation’s newsroom about “drunk tanks” with the refill pack of A4 paper clearly visible in his hands.
Viewers tuning in at 10am were left baffled when they saw McCoy holding the packet in a full-length shot as he hosted the item live on the rolling BBC News Channel without any explanation.
A spokeswoman for the BBC later clarified he had picked it up by mistake, but had decided to plough on regardless.
She said: “This morning as Simon McCoy was preparing to introduce this story, instead of picking up his tablet to hold as he went on air, he mistakenly picked up a ream of paper that was sitting next to it.
In the rush of the live news, he didn’t have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went on with it.”
In the past, the presenter has been seen briefly resting his head on the desk when cameras cut to him.
While covering the birth of the royal baby for the BBC news channel from outside St Mary’s hospital, McCoy said: “None of this is news, of course, but that won’t stop us.”
He continued: “The world’s media have gathered to report that there is no news…Let’s speculate, because that is all we can do…breaking news: we have no news…”
Hahahaha, I like this guy!