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It was four years ago, move on! BBC newsreader Simon McCoy would rather forget about his paper blunder

BBC newsreader Simon McCoy had the gaffe four years ago
BBC newsreader Simon McCoy had the gaffe four years ago

BBC newsreader Simon McCoy will never be allowed to live down the day he went on air holding a pack of paper instead of a tablet.

The bizarre scene bemused viewers and also spread across the whole world via social media.

Yesterday, BBC Three shared a video of the gaffe on its fourth anniversary, just to remind poor Simon again.


It definitely seems he’d rather forget it, with the broadcaster taking to Twitter today to appeal for people to move on…

The responses were as you’d expect.

Brian Hible tweeted: “Are you getting a ream of abuse…?”

ITV’s Alastair Stewart wrote: “What? That time you held a ream of printing paper rather than an iPad.. or are you talking about something else?”

Sky’s Chris Creegan said: “Tell them to turn the page.”

And one follower kindly tweeted: “If you were a nobody, it would have been forgotten. You must be a somebody.”

A BBC spokesperson at the time of the incident said: “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.”

Simon has a wonderful highlight reel of bloopers, including once appearing to fall asleep at the desk and another time having to dash across the studio to get into the correct camera position.

He was also once on the receiving end of a rude hand gesture from weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker – which was unfortunately seen on live TV.

Another memorable moment came as Simon was posted outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was due to give birth to her first child.

He gave a refreshingly honest take on the endless coverage in a piece to camera, saying: “Never have so many people gathered together in one place with absolutely nothing to say.”

He also added: “Plenty more to come from here of course, none of it news.”

News bloopers

It’s not only Simon who’s seen things go less than smoothly on the news.

Here are some of the top bloopers from the BBC…

Jonathan Charles forgets to pause


Reporting Scotland shows footage of Hitler instead of weather presenter

Brian Taylor has some trouble with his election night graphics

 Sally Magnusson has a bad day

Some people will do anything to get on TV

An ‘expert’ answers questions live on air

Footage of a gorilla is broadcast instead of Nicola Sturgeon

VIDEO: BBC accidentally show footage of escaped gorilla during Nicola Sturgeon report

The news from an empty chair

And all sorts of mayhem in the weather bulletins…