Published Wednesday, 18 September 2013
The BBC's Simon McCoy was seen delivering a live piece to camera from the newsroom, while inexplicably holding a refill pack of A4 paper.
The unusual occurrence was quickly questioned on social media sites, with one Twitter user promptly asking: "Why is @simonmccoy using a pack of printer paper as his iPad???"
The matter was quickly cleared up by a BBC spokesperson, who explained: "This morning as Simon McCoy was preparing to introduce this story, instead of picking up his tablet to hold as he went to air, he mistakenly picked up a ream of paper that was sitting next to it.
"In the rush of live news, he didn't have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it."
This is not the first time the 51-year-old broadcaster has been caught unawares while live on TV.
In the past the presenter has been seen briefly resting his head on the desk when cameras cut to him.
Following the incident, he jokingly denied that he drifted off, tweeting: "It was a long desk head-banging that wasn't meant to be picked up in the BBC1 opt!!"
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