The BBC has apologised after a presenter described Boris Johnson’s chief aid as a ‘d***’ live on the airwaves.
Nuala McKeever’s gaffe about Dominic Cummings was accidently broadcast on Radio Ulster’s 3pm news bulletin as a colleague read the headlines to listeners.
A news reporter was delivering an update on the story about Cummings’ alleged breaching of lockdown rules when Ms McKeever’s voice cut in saying: ‘I was thinking he was such a d*** – I had written his name as Richard Cummings… Freudian slip or what?’
The TV and radio personality has been sitting in for Lynette Fay on her mid-afternoon show and was waiting for that to begin when she made the comments.
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The clip was quickly removed by BBC Northern Ireland and can no longer be accessed on BBC Sounds when listening back.
A BBC Northern Ireland spokeswoman said: ‘The comments were not intended for broadcast and should not have been.
‘This interruption to our news bulletin was the result of a technical error. We very much regret what happened and the upset caused.’
Downing Street has been engulfed in a row over Mr Cummings after it emerged he travelled 260 miles from London to Durham when his wife was ill with coronavirus.
A junior minister was the first to resign out of principle over the scandal earlier today.
Douglas Ross said he could not in good faith tell his constituents that Mr Cummings behaved appropriately when so many had sacrificed seeing their loved ones under the government’s strict stay-at-home guidelines.
Several Tory backbenchers have called for the chief adviser to resign.
It comes as figures show Boris Johnson’s approval ratings have dropped by 20 points and a separate poll showed the British public overwhelmingly believe Mr Cummings broke lockdown and should step down.
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