Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Hope your doughnuts look like Fanny's' - Ten broadcasting bloopers that hit the headlines

Newstalk radio presenter Chris Donoghue
Newstalk radio presenter Chris Donoghue

Newstalk’s Chris Donoghue might have had an unfortunate slip of the tongue on air yesterday, but he hasn’t been the first broadcaster to fall foul of blooper opportunities.

Donoghue, who co-presents the breakfast programme on Newstalk 106-108 made the mistake by mashing the words ‘cuts’ and ‘grants’ together.

The broadcaster ended up uttering the c-word that rhymes with hunt.

“Hairy morning. Mashed 'cuts' & 'grants' together to say a word on air that should get me fired,” he tweeted this morning.

With Chris undoubtedly being placed in the number one slot, we take a look at the nine other broadcasting bloopers that have made headlines.

2. BBC presenter James Naughtie had a similar brush with the ‘c-word’ in November 2010 while announcing an interview with Jeremy Hunt, UK culture secretary.

Similarly to Chris, he uttered the expletive on Radio 4’s Today programme.

He then giggled his way through the news headlines, before later apologising: “I am very sorry to anybody who thought it wasn't what they wanted to hear over breakfast. Needless to say, neither did I.”

3. English journalist David Frost will go down in history for his remark to the 1970s sex goddess Raquel Welch:“Raquel, before I get into you, I must pause for this commercial break.'”

Broadcaster David Frost

4. George W Bush added another ‘-ism’ to his vast collection of quotes in January of 2005: "Who could have possibly envisioned an erection - an election in Iraq at this point in history?"

5. But no double entendre will ever be as unfortunate as Golf Channel reporter Win McMurray’s Tiger Woods gaffe.

As Woods returned to the sport and attempted to fix his damaged reputation following a string of affairs, McMurry commented on one of his injuries: "Woods says he's been playing with a bad neck for about a month -- and thinks it could be a bulging d*ck.'' She explained later that she meant to says "disk".

6. Gaffes like these have been around since the earliest days of broadcasting. Legendary cook Fanny Cradock, who featured on the TV during the post-war years, stood with a straight face as her husband Johnny admired her baking skills and offered the words: “May all your doughnuts look like Fanny’s.”

7. Soccer commentator and Lyric FM present George Hamilton once got very worked up during an international match in the 1980s and remarked of a substitution: "He's pulling him off! The Spanish manager is pulling his captain off!"

8. Similarly, veteran sports broadcaster Jimmy Magee once told viewers: "Brady's been playing inside Platini's shorts all night."

9. Sometimes it is the guests, not the presenters, who cause the embarrassment.

In his Just-A-Minute Quiz on 2fm, Larry Gogan asked a contestant, “Name the BBC Grand Prix commentator? I’ll give you a hint – it’s something you suck.”

“Oh, Dickie Davies,” came the reply.

The answer was Murray Walker.

Surprise: Larry Gogan

10. Another sentence strung together that will forever be regretted is BBC commentator Harry Carpenter’s description of the scene after the 1977 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

“Ah. Isn’t that nice?,” he commented, “The wife of the Cambridge president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew.”

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