Saturday 17 March 2018

BBC all at C in double slip-up over minister's name

James Tapsfield in London

TWO BBC presenters have apologised after making the same embarrassing verbal slip over the name of British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Jim Naughtie, an anchor on Radio 4's flagship 'Today' programme, accidentally replaced the first letter of Mr Hunt's surname with a "C".

The stumble just before 8am sent Mr Naughtie into a coughing fit, and attracted a slew of emails from listeners who were either amused or angry.

He later issued several apologies for his "Spoonerism" -- a reference to Dr William Spooner who was notorious for inappropriately switching letters between words.

Mr Naughtie said: "I hope that all those who were offended by what they heard realise it was completely unintentional."

Posting on social networking site Twitter, Mr Hunt also made light of the incident. "They say prepare for anything before going on 'Today' but that took the biscuit," he wrote. "I was laughing as much as u Jim or should I say Dr Spooner."

However, within hours Andrew Marr had got in on the act during his Radio 4 programme, 'Start The Week'.

When a conversation on philosophy turned to Freudian slips, he promised he would not repeat Naughtie's mistake, before doing just that while trying to say "Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary".

"I apologise for saying it but it's just very hard to talk about it without saying it," he said.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "James and Andrew regret what happened and have both apologised.''

Irish Independent

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