When live BBC News goes wrong in the best possible way

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Guy Goma starts to panic

Image caption Guy Goma starts to panic

A video clip of Professor Robert Kelly’s interrupted interview has now had a staggering 100 million views.

The internet has fallen in love with the sassy young toddler and the unbridled panic of her mother who swoops in to try and get rid of them.

It’s safe to say his planned interview about South Korea wouldn’t quite have had the same amount of global interest without their appearance.

But it’s not the first epic live TV News fail – and it won’t be the last.


With 24 hour rolling news channels run by mere humans, it’s no surprise that there have been quite a few slipups along the way.

And we can’t be the only ones glad of human error – if only for the lols.


The Guy done good

First up is Guy Goma, who turned up to the BBC for a job interview in the IT department.

Instead, he found himself live on BBC News being asked questions about a court case between Apple computers and Apple Corps record company.

The presenter thought he was talking to Guy Kewney, a technology expert.

Mr Goma, bless him, tried his best – he was there for a job interview after all and clearly wanted to impress.

And it was his endearing panic under pressure, before caving in and admitting he didn’t have a clue, that won over the hearts of viewers.

‘You have the wrong guest sir’

In another case of mistaken identity, BBC presenters Rachel Burden and Jon Kay thought they were interviewing an explorer: instead they got an academic.

Just three months ago, Political Scientist Todd Landman sat on the red sofa and was introduced as the mountaineer Leslie Binns

Rather than try and pretend he’d been up Everest, Professor Landman quickly said: “I think you have the wrong guest sir.”

It was all pretty good natured in the end, with Rachel Burden admitting: “It is ever so funny, I looked at this man and thought he doesn’t necessarily look like a mountaineer.”

Fugitive gorilla goes rogue

Kumbuka, a western lowland gorilla, looking the picture of innocence after arriving at London Zoo in 2013

Image caption Kumbuka, a western lowland gorilla, looking the picture of innocence after arriving at London Zoo in 2013

We’re not sure how a BBC Breakfast producer managed to mistake the First Minister of Scotland with a 29-stone gorilla.

But that’s what happened in October last year.

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty was explaining that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon would be a guest on the programme, when producers cut to footage of London Zoo’s fugitive gorilla Kumbuka.

Naga couldn’t contain her laughter and her co-presenter Charlie Stayt stepped in: “I’m sorry we’ve … err… very clearly run the wrong pictures over that particular sequence. My apologies there.”

The BBC later offered an apology of sorts to the 46-year-old SNP leader, in the form of a toy gorilla.


Computer says no

Simon McCoy with his printer paper

We’ve all been there: you think the latest bit of technology can solve your problems, when in fact it just makes everything more complicated.

Step forward BBC presenter Simon McCoy, who picked up a stack of printing paper instead of his iPad during a live TV broadcast.

But like Guy Goma, the reason Simon’s slip up made headlines was because he just continued talking as if there was nothing weird going on.

A BBC statement confirmed that he just “went with it” even after realising his mistake.

And what was he actually talking about?

The introduction of “drunk tanks” for police to put people who need to go and sober up.

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