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BBC News presenter Simon McCoy brings paper back to the forefront of news reporting.

McCoy introduced a report yesterday morning on the BBC News Channel –  or News 24 as everyone still calls it – while holding an unopened stack of photocopier paper. The beeb say the 51-year-old host mistook the package for an iPad.

The unusual ‘prop’ of the A4 paper bundle was given no explanation on air.

A spokeswoman for BBC News told the London Evening Standard newspaper:

Simon McCoy was preparing to introduce a 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.

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