Two BBC Hosts Make Same Unfortunate Slip On Politician's Name
December 7, 2010 at 4:24 AM (PT)
Two BBC RADIO 4 hosts made the obvious, and very rude, stumble over British Culture Secretary JEREMY HUNT's surname on MONDAY (12/6), resulting in apologies to the politician. JAMES NAUGHTIE of RADIO 4's "TODAY" was first with the slip, followed by ANDREW MARR doing the same thing on "START THE WEEK," first saying that he would not repeat NAUGHTIE's mistake and then doing the same thing. Both hosts apologized to HUNT for the error.
MARR told the DAILY MAIL, "‘It was a silly slip. Quite often when you are trying desperately hard not to say something, your mouth says it anyway. I feel extremely apologetic and contrite about it." NAUGHTIE added that he was "very sorry to anyone who thought it wasn’t what they wanted to hear over their breakfast -- neither did I, needless to say."
The BBC also apologized for airing an interview on RADIO 4's "THE WORLD AT ONE" with a man who claimed to be Liberal Democrat MP MICHAEL CROCKART but turned out to be an impostor. The fake politician said he would resign if the Coalition government proceeded with its plan to raise college tuition fees.