Broadcast bloopers on Rishi's big day
Broadcast bloopers on Rishi’s big day: From bizarre camera close-ups, BBC’s Huw Edwards mistaking PM’s adviser for his wife and Sky News’ Beth Rigby saying he’s ‘off to meet the QUEEN’
- Broadcasters made blunders during live coverage of Rishi Sunak becoming PM
- Sky News’ Beth Rigby said Rishi Sunak was on his way to meet ‘the Queen’
- BBC News anchor Huw Edwards mistook aide for ‘Mrs Sunak’ during coverage
- Viewers left baffled by ITV News’ blurry and close-up shots of Truss and Sunak
Broadcasters were left red-faced after making a series of gaffes including camera mishaps and mistaken identities during their live coverage of Rishi Sunak becoming prime minister this morning.
In comes on a historic morning after Rishi Sunak became the new prime minister after meeting King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.
In his first speech outside the steps of No 10, Mr Sunak said the UK is facing a ‘profound economic crisis’ and that he had succeeded as the new Conservative Party leader to ‘fix the mistakes’ made by Liz Truss.
Bloopers: iTV’s coverage of Rishi Sunak’s first speech as prime minister was plagued with camera issues
Viewers left in stitches after coverage of Rishi Sunak’s first speech as prime minister showed close up and blurry shots
But ITV News’ coverage was plagued with cameras issues with close-up and blurry shots of the new prime minister shown on screens as he made his speech outside No 10.
Earlier, Liz Truss gave a short but defiant farewell speech in Downing Street, defending her legacy and saying her government acted ‘urgently and decisively’ amid the cost-of-living crisis.
But her speech also left viewers in stitches after the camera was off-angle and showing close ups of Ms Truss’ mouth.
Liz Truss gave a short but defiant farewell speech outside Downing Street this morning but viewers were distracted by bizarre camera shots
Coverage of Liz Truss’ final speech left viewers in stitches after the camera was off-angle and showing close ups of Ms Truss’ mouth.
One person commented: ‘Why has the BBC camera man zoomed that close to Liz Truss mouth?’
During live coverage, viewers were quick to point out a series of slips made by broadcasters, who mistook an aide for Mrs Sunak and said the new prime minister was on his way to meet ‘the Queen’.
Sky News’ political editor Beth Rigby was the first broadcaster to make a blunder by saying Rishi Sunak was about to ‘have his audience with the Queen’.
She told viewers: ‘Rishi Sunak’s about to become the prime minister, he’s just about to have his audience with the Queen’,
The gaffe was picked up by viewers who were quick to correct her.
One person said: ‘Beth Rigby just had a very understandable slip, saying that Rishi Sunak is “going to have an audience with the Queen”, and it made me a bit sad tbh.’
Another posted: ‘Beth Rigby just said Rishi Sunak is about to have his audience with the Queen – never mind we all make mistakes.’
Beth Rigby was talking to Sophy Ridge outside No 10 when she said Rishi Sunak was on his way to meet ‘the Queen’
Viewers reacted after Sky News’ political editor Beth Rigby said Rishi Sunak was about to have his audience with ‘the Queen’ instead of King Charles III
Meanwhile, viewers called out BBC News chief anchor Huw Edwards for describing Mr Sunak’s aide as his wife.
During live coverage, Mr Sunak got out of a car to be greeted by Royal Household staff at Buckingham Palace, with a woman cutting casual clothing following behind him.
Giving a live commentary, Huw Edwards said: ‘Our first glimpse today of Britain’s incoming Prime Minister.
‘Rishi Sunak greeted by senior officials from the Royal Household along with Mrs Sunak’.
Viewers called out BBC News anchor Huw Edwards for describing Mr Sunak’s adviser (circled) as his wife
Viewers were quick to notice that Huw Edwards had referred to Rishi Sunak’s adviser as ‘Mrs Sunak’
Following the mistake, one person said: ‘Pretty sure that’s not Mrs Sunak’, while another responded: ‘Absolutely not, even though Huw Edwards described her as such’.
Other viewers were left confused and wondering why ‘Mrs Sunak’ appeared to cut casual clothing, to which a viewer replied: ‘Its because its his advisor and not Mrs Sunak, not sure why they keep saying that!’
A third added: ‘That is NOT Mrs Sunak. Huw has b***ed that.’
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