BBC broadcaster Simon McCoy has gone viral today for presenting the news while holding a refill pack of A4 printer paper instead of his iPad.
A spokesperson for the network issued this statement, the Guardian reports:
“This morning as Simon McCoy was preparing to introduce this story, instead of picking up his tablet to hold as he went to air, he mistakenly picked up a ream of paper that was sitting next to it.”
“In the rush of live news, he didn’t have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it.”
McCoy is the same BBC journalist who went viral in July for sarcastic comments he made about “Royal Baby” mania outside St. Mary’s Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was giving birth: “We’re going to be speculating about this royal birth with no facts. Plenty more to come here, none of it news. But that won’t stop us.” In the past, the Guardian points out the gaffe-prone journalist has also been caught sleeping on air — or at least resting his head — and garbling a teaser to a package about pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo.