A presenter of BBC Radio’s flagship Today news and current affairs programme left listeners in shock on Monday when he uttered the word “sh**” at the start of the live show.
Jim Naughtie, the 64-year-old veteran who presented the show with Nick Robinson, made the fumble on air but went on with the programme as usual. The swear word was heard by listeners during the on-the-hour pips that introduce the show.
Robinson later tweeted about the incident, saying: “Looks like being one of those days on @BBCr4today!”
Looks like being one of those days on @BBCr4today !Stay tuned for the Prime Minister on what the Paris attacks mean for Britain— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) November 16, 2015
The BBC apologised for the slip-up, saying: “The Today programme was live on location from Paris and, as with any live broadcast, occasionally slip-ups may happen. We apologise to listeners for any offence caused.”
This is not an isolated incident for Naughtie. In a previous incident five years ago, he mispronounced cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt’s last name by replacing the ‘h’ with a ‘c’, leading to an uproar on social media at the time.
The clip of the slip-up, which had gone viral, was later blocked.
Naughtie’s latest incident too drew various responses from tweeple:
well that was unexpected during the beeps @BBCr4today— Therese Coffey (@theresecoffey) November 16, 2015