BBC apologises for showing footage of gorilla instead of Scottish minister
BBC presenters reportedly apologised after a programme on Friday showed footage of a gorilla instead of Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
During the broadcaster’s breakfast programme yesterday, the footage of a gorilla that escaped from its enclosure at London zoo appeared on the screen after programme host Naga Munchetty said viewers they would be joined by Sturgeon.
However, co-presenter Charlie Stayt realised the error and quickly apologised for it, media reports revealed.
Stayt reportedly told viewers: “I’m sorry, we have very clearly run the wrong pictures over that particular sequence, my apologies there.”
“The story we will be talking about later, as you probably guessed by the pictures, is about the escaped gorilla at London zoo,” he added.
A large silverback gorilla called Kumbuka, who replaced Sturgeon for a while in the show, had earlier escaped from its enclosure after a cage door was left open. Kumbuka was caught and returned to its enclosure an hour later after being tranquillised.
In a similar incident in August, the broadcaster aired Aziz Ansari subtitles from his standup show over their nature documentary.
Daily Mail later published number of screen shorts provided by a Reddit user, revealing the mistake.
Citing one screen shot, the news report said the subtitle appeared for a scene, wherein a group of female deer appear to be wandering away from a male, was: ‘Let’s get out of this club. Dudes here are busted!’