BBC Reporting Scotland experienced technical issues during last night’s 6.30pm programme. Autocue failures and an absence of on-screen name straps were among the problems that some viewers may have spotted.
An autocue issue unexpectedly landed the programme – and more particularly its presenter – in hot water on social media and in today’s Scottish press.
After the midway headline recap and ‘coming up’ segment, presenter Sally Magnusson had to resort to her paper script for the next story. However, she appeared to receive a prompt via her earpiece that this was not the correct story.
Magnusson then crouched slightly to view what was on the autocue. But whilst doing so said: “I need to become a midget to do this.”
The comment prompted criticism on social media. The Scottish press also picked up on the item today.
A spokesperson for the BBC said: “On last night’s Reporting Scotland there was a temporary issue with the equipment on the camera which provides the script for Sally Magnusson.
“In dealing with the situation on live TV, Sally inadvertently used an expression which is now generally considered inappropriate.
“Sally acknowledges it was not her best choice of words.
“No offence was intended but we apologise for any upset caused.”
PICTURED: Sally Magnusson presenting BBC Reporting Scotland. COPYRIGHT: BBC.