BBC News had viewers cringing when a presenter seriously struggled to pronounce a guest’s name during a broadcast – only to realise they had been introducing the wrong person.
Reeta Chakrabarti suffered the embarrassing mishap as she launched a discussion on Piers Morgan’s Good Morning Britain exit and attempted to welcome Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu onto the programme.
‘Well, we can speak now to Dr Shola,’ she began, before slipping over the activist’s surname.
But the errors didn’t stop there.
She then proceeded to have another go at saying Dr Shola’s name but stumbled over the pronunciation.
To make matters worst, the guest, who wasn’t actually Dr Shola, but another contributor didn’t answer. Because why would you answer to somebody else’s name?
Instead, the guest sat completely oblivious that she was being spoken to.
‘Ah, now is there a delay?’ Reeta continued. ‘Dr Shola? Dr Shola it’s BBC News speaking to you. Can you hear us?’
Reeta then gave up and turned back to face the camera.
‘I’m so sorry, clearly, we’re having some trouble there,’ she said. ‘Let’s move on. We’ll try and get her a little bit later.’
The painful scenes didn’t go unnoticed by viewers or the real Dr Shola, who shared a clip of the blunder.
‘Moment BBC called for Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu … that’s not me I’m afraid [crying laughing emoji],’ she wrote.
Others were stunned by the sequence of events, with one writing: ‘This is a mess on so many levels…from the pronunciation to the DIFFERENT PERSON?’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘But who is the other woman? Are we all in danger of randomly having BBC news cut to a live feed of the view from our laptops at any moment?’
Credit: Original article published here.