Monday 23 April 2018

BBC'S unfortunate gorilla gaffe gave viewers a good laugh this morning

Mark Molloy

There was a slightly awkward moment on BBC Breakfast this morning when footage of the gorilla that escaped at London Zoo was shown during a segment on Nicola Sturgeon.

Presenter Naga Munchetty was explaining they would be joined in the studio by the Scottish politician when producers accidentally cut to footage of the large silverback gorilla.

“We’re going to be joined by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,” explained Munchetty as Kumbuka the gorilla popped up on screen.

“We’ll talk to her about plans for a second referendum on independence.”

Her co-presenter Charlie Stayt then apologised for the error:

“I’m sorry we’ve … err… very clearly run the wrong pictures over that particular sequence. My apologies there.

“The story we will be taking about later, as you’ve probably guessed from the pictures, is about the escaped gorilla at London Zoo.

“We will be speaking to one of the gorilla keepers from the zoo. That’s coming up a little later on.”

The footage was shared by Twitter user @johnnyTR70.

It’s not the first BBC news gaffe to go viral, after presenter Simon McCoy picked up a stack of printing paper instead of his iPad for an on-air presentation about drunkenness.

And here’s what happened when BBC News interviewed the wrong Guy – the legend that is the Congolese taxi driver Guy Coma.



Let's not forget the imaginary iPad either.

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