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.

Sarah Sears


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.

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

4. Mr. McCoy, we salute you.

Scott Bryan


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.

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

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

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

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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