This is the moment the BBC accidentally screened a ‘cloud’ of words which the public used to describe Prime Minister Rishi Sunak online, but failed to spot it included c*** and t***.
The newly crowned Prime Minister met with King Charles this morning and is in the midst of building his Cabinet which has seen plenty of old faces return including Dominic Raab, Suella Braverman and Michael Gove.
But today at 3.46pm, presenter Joanna Gosling, who was stood outside No 10, asked the simple question: ‘How would you describe Rishi Sunak in one word?’
At this point, a ‘Wordcloud’ created by Savanta ComRes – a polling research company – appeared on screen which had compiled the nation’s thoughts on the new Leader of the Conservative Party.
The unaware presenter picked out ‘rich’, ‘capable’, ‘okay’, ‘good’ and ‘clever’ as the stand-outs but the graphic in fact displayed expletive words to describe Mr Sunak.
The MP for Richmond (Yorkshire) was referred to as a ‘c***’ which had been censored on the graphic.
But that wasn’t the only word used to describe the new PM. The graphic also saw the public describe him as a t*** – although this time the word had not been censored.
Presenter Joanna Gosling stood outside No 10 and asked the simple question ‘How would you describe Rishi Sunak in one word?’ before the BBC showed a graphic containing expletive words used about the new PM
The public’s frustration that has been built up by the Tory Government’s poor display in recent months could be seen through the words used such as ‘boring’, ‘slimy’, ‘idiot’, ‘backstabbing’ and ‘liar’.
But it was not all doom and gloom for Mr Sunak as some picked out his positive characteristics, including being ‘smart’, ‘intelligent’, ‘safe’ and ‘strong’.
The Prime Minister was officially crowned PM today after defeating rivals Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt to the No 10 door yesterday following the resignation of Liz Truss.
Ms Truss lasted just 44 days in the position in which Britain entered economic chaos after the pound plummeted following the mini-Budget.
The BBC screened a ‘cloud’ of words which the public used to describe Prime Minister Rishi Sunak online, but failed to spot it included c*** and t***
Mr Sunak met with King Charles today at Buckingham Palace where he was invited to form a new Cabinet
Mr Sunak’s new Cabinet will not features the likes of former Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg, Education Secretary Kit Malthouse and Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis.
He has instead opted for those with experience in their positions as well as maintaining some of Ms Truss’s former team.
Jeremy Hunt will stay on as Chancellor – a role Mr Sunak has filled himself. Meanwhile James Cleverly and Ben Wallace will stay on as Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary respectively.
On another tumultuous day in Westminster:
Mr Sunak plunged the knife in on Liz Truss today pledging to ‘fix’ her ‘mistakes’ and win back the public’s ‘trust’ after taking over as Britain’s 57th PM;Mr Johnson has finally wished Mr Sunak well in his new role, after his abortive bid to make a comeback over the weekend;Official figures have underlined the pain households are facing, with prices of key ‘value’ products surging by up to 60 per cent;Foreign leaders have lined up to congratulate the new PM, with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi among those vowing to strengthen ties. MailOnline has contacted the BBC for comment.
Last weekend, BBC News presenter Martine Croxall has been taken off air amid claims she showed bias after Boris Johnson pulled out of the Tory leadership contest.
During her introduction to Sunday night’s edition of The Papers, in which members of the press and experts look at how the main stories of the day were covered, she said: ‘Well this is all very exciting, isn’t it?’ adding: ‘Am I allowed to be this gleeful? Well I am.’
The programme started at 10.30pm on Sunday, around 90 minutes after Mr Johnson pulled out of the Tory leadership race.
In her first question to her guests, Croxall also remarked: ‘Can we even show you the front pages just yet, have they arrived? No they haven’t arrived.
‘It’s all a little bit, you know, lastminute.com isn’t it? Because all the front pages were probably out of date by the time we received them.’
Croxall also suggested during the programme that her comments could have breached BBC guidelines.
Responding to a guest’s joke aimed at Mr Johnson, she said: ‘I shouldn’t probably (laugh). I’m probably breaking some terrible due impartiality rule by giggling.’
Some viewers, including several Tory MPs, reacting to a clip on social media, complained it displayed bias.
A statement from the broadcaster said: ‘BBC News is urgently reviewing last night’s edition of The Papers on the News Channel for a potential breach of impartiality.
‘It is imperative that we maintain the highest editorial standards. We have processes in place to uphold our standards, and these processes have been activated.’
Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries said on Twitter: ‘This lack of impartiality demonstrates how deep seated the bias is.’
Last week Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy was also taken off air, for a week, after he swore at Northern Ireland minister Steve Baker following an interview.
The broadcaster said the presenter’s outburst towards the Tory MP had breached its ‘strict’ code of conduct.
On October 19, ITV’s Robert Peston mispronounced Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s surname, replacing the first letter with something more offensive.