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What the…? BBC Anchor Mistakes Ream of Paper for iPad, Rolls With It

BBC newsman SImon McCoy might need to spend a little more time with his iPad—at least enough to distinguish it from a pack of printer paper.

McCoy was supposed to pick up the iPad, which he holds during news segments, for his broadcast on Wednesday, but instead accidentally—subversively?—just for giggles?—grabbed a ream of A4 paper. As he was on live television, the anchor apparently didn’t feel he could smoothly make a switch, and so carried on with the segment while clutching the paper ludicrously in front of him.

“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,” a BBC spokesperson said later. “In the rush of live news, he didn’t have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it.”

This was not McCoy’s first on-air goof. He was caught last year dozing on camera (hey, we do that in America, too!). And in this scribe’s favorite instance, McCoy let slip his, er, lack of enthusiasm over the non-stop coverage of the birth of the royal baby a couple months ago. “That won’t stop us!” McCoy said then of the lack of developments. That’s the spirit!

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Watch the clip below:

[h/t Guardian]

[Image via screengrab]

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