Remember Sky News anchor Mark Austin, who lived out one of our worst dreams last week when he called a stranger “Daddy.”
While we’ve all had embarrassing moments at school while calling teachers’ mothers once or twice, the 64-year-old broadcaster had a small slip of the tongue this week at work, and the moment was filmed for all to see.
During an interview on The News Hour with Mark Austin this week, the journalist provided updates on the search for fugitive terror suspect Daniel Khalife, who was apprehended after being discovered in the Chiswick neighbourhood of London on Saturday.
Mark made a slight error while presenting an expert who would give viewers an overview of the case.
‘Let’s bring in policing commentator Danny Shaw, who joins us now,’ he began.
Swinging his chair around to face a screen and address Danny, he continued: ‘Good evening daddy, uh Danny.’
‘Thank you for being with us.’
With a swift recovery, both men didn’t appear to note the gaffe and carried on as if nothing had occurred, but plenty of those watching at home noticed and quickly shared recordings of the encounter on social media.
‘Mark Austin just called this man “Daddy” during the man hunt coverage on Sky News,’ one person wrote on Twitter.
‘I could watch Mark Austin saying hello to his Daddy all day,’ someone else said.
Another added: ‘Not Mark Austin calling someone daddy instead of Danny on Sky News.’
Mark is best recognised for his work as a former co-newscaster for the ITV Evening News and the ITV News at Ten.
Since 2018, he has hosted The News Hour and Sky News at 6 a.m.