BBC News host Jane Hill suffered an embarrassing blunder as she announced a report on the latest tensions in Number 10 over Dominic Cummings’ resignation. The BBC accidentally cut out to footage of Look East host Louise Priest sighing heavily instead of showing the reporter supposed to cover the Downing Street story.
BBC viewers were prompt to take to Twitter to react to the hilarious blunder.
One Twitter user wrote: “BBC One accidentally cutting to a local news presenter looking unimpressed about the news in Downing Street is all of us”.
Another one said: “Me before every Zoom call starts.”
One user joked: “She sums up the mood of the nation.”
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Ms Priest could be seen sighing heavily and dropping her shoulders before getting ready to read her news bulletin.
The producers were meant to cut to a report on Boris Johnson’s special adviser Dominic Cummings after the news he was leaving Number 10.
The Prime Minister’s special adviser, who was the mastermind behind his Brexit campaign in 2016, left Number 10 on Friday with immediate effect, following the resignation of his fellow Vote Leave veteran Lee Cain as communications chief.
Tory MPs have welcomed the news as they claimed it would be a good opportunity for the Prime Minister to start fresh.
Conservative former Cabinet minister Theresa Villiers welcomed “a good opportunity for a fresh start”.
“Clearly there are concerns about the dismissive attitude sometimes shown by Lee Cain and Dominic Cummings towards people in Government and MPs on the backbenches,” she told the PA news agency.
“This is an opportunity to move on from that and to have a more collaborative approach.”
Conservative MP Roger Gale said Mr Cummings had been a “dead weight around Boris Johnson’s neck since April” when the special adviser travelled to Bernard Castle despite lockdown regulations prohibiting it.