BBC reporter mistakes printer paper for an iPad… during live TV [Video]

Apparently this is what happened, according to what a BBC spokesperson told The Guardian:

“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.”

What I want to know is why didn’t McCoy simply, you know, drop the ream of paper out of camera view when he realized it wasn’t an iPad instead of holding it during live broadcast like an idiot?

[via Geekologie]

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  • Ah, the days of actual reporters reporting the news. I remember them fondly.

    Excuse me while I take my cane for a walk.

  • davidroper

    What would have been neat was if he had hidden the iPad inside the ream of paper (taking out a few pages). Then when everybody was laughing at him, tear open the package and pull it out. Bwahahahaha

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Yep, to present television news you need to be able to do two things: 1) read successfully from a teleprompter, and 2) look good on TV.

    Seems like Obama was tailor-made for news reading; he looks good on TV, and reads excellently from a teleprompter. I think the whole world would be better off today if he worked at 30 Rock and not 1600 Pennsylvania.

  • Horrabin

    “..holding it during live broadcast like an idiot?”
    Because one of the qualifications these days to be a news broadcaster is to actually be an airheaded idiot, for the most part. I’d love to see one of them get handed a paper with “breaking news” one time written upside down in pig Latin and see what happens.