BBC News presenter Simon McCoy turns cameras on autocue during on-air meltdown

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BBC News presenter Simon McCoy told the cameras to face the autocue so viewers could see the dog puns that had been written for him (BBC)
BBC News presenter Simon McCoy told the cameras to face the autocue so viewers could see the dog puns that had been written for him (BBC)

BBC News presenter Simon McCoy had a mini meltdown during a news segment on Monday, after being bombarded with dog puns by his scriptwriting team.

While reporting on the Holyrood Dog of the year competition, McCoy told the cameras to turn around and face the autocue, so viewers could see what had been written for him.

“I just want to show you what I have to read right now,” he began, before reeling off the long array of dog-related puns.

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“Fur one day only, Holyrood has gone to the dogs – for the Scottish Parliament’s Dog of the year contest,” he read aloud, adding: “I’m just going to keep this shot up so you know what I have to put up with.

“Wait for this,” he continued. “Here are the competitors, battling it out to become top dog – that’s a familiar phrase – or leave with their tail between their legs.

“In a pawsitively tough field, the Scotty dogs had to take on a number of obstacles outside the Scottish Parliament.

The presenter put his head in his hands after finishing the segment (BBC)
The presenter put his head in his hands after finishing the segment (BBC)

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“Some of them fairing better than others, the competitive field was whittled down to the top three and her owner Jeremy Balfour claiming the prize… A ruff day for everyone else.”

Putting his head in his hands, McCoy finished the segment by saying: “I trained for this.” The presenter then carried on with the regular broadcast as he passed over to weather presenter Susan Powell.


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