BBC Newsreader Mistakes Photocopier Paper For iPad Live On Air, Just Holds Paper Anyway

Simon McCoy is a true pro.

1. BBC News presenter Simon McCoy made a bit of an error this morning, mistaking a pack of photocopier paper for his iPad.

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Always grab your office supplies before going on-air. BBC news reader appears to be holding a ream of paper.

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2. But as it was live, Mr. McCoy bravely soldiered on, presenting a piece to camera on police proposals for “drunk tanks” while holding a load of paper, because he is a professional.

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3. Admire the calm and unflappable nature of his body language.

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4. Mr. McCoy, we salute you.

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Earlier today @simonmccoy picked up a packet of photocopied paper thinking that it was his iPad live on air. REALLY.

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5. The BBC even released a statement about the photocopier paper incident, because it is the BBC, telling the Press Association:

This morning as Simon McCoy was preparing to introduce this story, instead of picking up his tablet to hold as he went to air, he mistakenly picked up a ream of paper that was sitting next to it.

In the rush of live news, he didn’t have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it.

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6. Mr. McCoy was previously well known for being caught, er, “resting his head” on his desk when he thought he was off air.

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7. Update: Other newsreaders are now taking inspiration from Simon McCoy’s example:

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8. And naturally people have started Photoshopping other things into his hands. There’s a Tumblr dedicated to it:

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11. …including showing what he’d have looked like if he actually picked up his iPad:

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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