BBC Newsreader Carrie Gracie made a very awkward mistake while reading out the headlines on News 24 this week
When your job is to read out the news on live television, it must be pretty difficult to ensure you don’t slip up and make a mistake.
From mispronouncing a word to reading something wrong from a teleprompter, there are a number of things that can go wrong.
And one presenter recently discovered just how awkward it can be if you do say something that’s not quite right.
The BBC’s former China Editor, turned newsreader, Carrie Gracie, was at the center of an unfortunate error on News 24 on Monday evening.
The 57-year-old is thought to have accidentally dropped the C-bomb on live television while discussing Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
She mentioned the Tory minister’s name while discussing the UK Government’s response to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a jailed Brit in Iran who is on hunger strike.
A clip from the broadcast was shared on Twitter by a user named Tony Morris.
Alongside the video, Tony wrote: “Best news blooper ever made just now on the BBC”.
His tweet has gone viral, amassing more than 13,000 likes and over 4,000 retweets.
Lots of people were of the opinion that the presenter hadn’t made a mistake, but had intentionally mispronounced Jeremy’s surname.
One person wrote: “No blooper there, she paused before she said the wrong name.”
Another commented: “Deliberately done and well said.”
A third added: “You sure that is bad language because I thought that was his real name.”
“Good lord! That’ll be a no biscuits meeting with the boss tomorrow morning,” posted a fourth.
Others were surprised that Carrie hadn’t immediately apologise for her slip of the tongue – which is typically the case when an incident such as this occurs on television.
This wasn’t the first instance of Jeremy Hunt’s name being turned into something very rude, with a number of television journalists mispronouncing it over the years – including the BBC’s Justin Webb in 2018 and Radio 4’s Jim Naughtie in 2010.