BBC News presenter mistakes ream of paper for iPad

Simon McCoy with his packet of paper. Picture: BBC
Simon McCoy with his packet of paper. Picture: BBC
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VIEWERS of the BBC News Channel were left baffled when anchor Simon McCoy presented a report while carrying a stack of photocopier paper after mistaking it for an iPad.

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 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. But the BBC later said he had picked it up by mistake.

A spokeswoman for BBC News explained: “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.”