BBC newsreader thinks paper stack is his iPad

04:09, Sep 19 2013
BBC News presenter Simon McCoy thinks he's holding his iPad - it's actually a stack of paper.

Newsreaders these days sure do love a prop.

A news story is so much more involving if they can get out from behind the desk, stand in front of some swish graphics and gesticulate authoritatively while holding something of importance - like an iPad.

An iPad shows that they are in touch with the news, that they aren't brainless autocue readers.

Sometimes, though, the desire to appear hip can backfire, especially if the newsreader isn't paying attention.

BBC News presenter Simon McCoy found this out to his cost when he picked up a stack of paper instead of his swish gizmo when he fronted a story on drunks.

He looked like a man who was on his way to top up the office photocopier.

A spokeswoman for BBC News explained the gaffe: "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."