BBC presenter mistakes printer paper for iPad - video
Simon McCoy set to go viral after picking up wrong prop for report about 'drunk tanks'
NEWSREADERS have adopted different poses and used different props over the years - from the orthodox desk-bound paper-shuffle, to Channel 4's Jon Snow perched on the edge of his desk like a trendy teacher. But the BBC's Simon McCoy today inadvertently pioneered something rather odder - the 'on the way to the copier' look.
McCoy introduced a 10am bulletin clutching a still-wrapped packet of A4 printer paper in both hands. The BBC later explained he had accidentally picked it up instead of his iPad (or "tablet computer", as the brand-neutral spokeswoman carefully put it).
She added: "In the rush of live news, he didn't have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it." The fact that the news item concerned 'drunk tanks' only added to the hilarity - and the clip quickly appeared on YouTube.
It won't be the first time McCoy has gone viral. As The Guardian reports, his disparaging comments about the low journalistic value of this year's royal baby coverage made him something of a hero for anybody fed up with the
amount of fluffy speculation the birth provoked.
He has also amused by stumbling over his words while trying to read a bulletin about Edinburgh Zoo's giant pandas - and been surprised apparently sleeping at his desk, or at least resting his head on his hands, on live television. ·