BBC News blunder as presenter mistakenly calls Theresa May Margaret Thatcher

Amy West
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Photo credit: BBC

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BBC News viewers flocked to social media on Wednesday (November 4) after a presenter mistakenly referred to Theresa May as Margaret Thatcher live on air.

During the broadcaster's coverage of the US presidential election, journalist Matthew Amroliwala declared that he was going to read a tweet from the late prime minister, before swiftly correcting himself.

"Let me just put up a tweet that Margaret Thatcher has just put out because, erm, Theresa May, sorry," a slightly flustered Matthew said as the tweet popped up on screen.

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Photo credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Amusingly, he was discussing the split votes between Donald Trump and Joe Biden with Thatcher's former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who chuckled at the blunder via Zoom.

Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long for those tuning in to take to Twitter to joke about the ominous slip of the tongue.

"It says something about 2020 when newsreader reading a Tweet from Margaret Thatcher isn't the weirdest thing that's happened today," one person tweeted.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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"On the same day as Margaret Thatcher sent out a tweet - anything is possible [it's] 2020," another quipped.

"I can’t cope. We didn’t think 2020 could get more bizarre. But the BBC bringing Margaret Thatcher back from the grave to tweet is something else," another tweeted.

We're going to forgive Matthew for this one though, as he'd had a long night and the ongoing results of the US election are hard enough to follow right now...

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