Simon McCoy's paper-iPad mixup: BBC reporter does news report holding ream of computer paper.

BBC Reporter Gives an A4 Effort

BBC Reporter Gives an A4 Effort

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Sept. 18 2013 4:26 PM

BBC Reporter Gives an A4 Effort

A BBC spokeswoman explains to the Telegraph: ''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.''

If McCoy looks familiar to American viewers, it's probably from the Great Royal Baby Watch of 2013, when he became a mini-viral hit when he accidentally summed up the entire media circus while throwing coverage back to the anchor in the studio.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.