The BBC has been forced to apologise after it accidentally broadcast a journalist telling a colleague, ‘we’re f****d’ live on air today.
The gaffe came as the BBC News channel broadcast live footage of seven Labour MPs dramatically resigning from the party to create a new Independent Group.
But in an impromptu commentary, a member of the press can be heard saying: ‘Between this and Brexit, we are actually f****d. The Conservatives are going to win.’
Chuka Umunna called for MPs from other parties to defect and join The Independent Group as he said British politics was ‘broken’. Shortly after he finished speaking, a journalist could be heard sharing his thoughts
Viewers watching the BBC livestream were pick to quick up on the gaffe
The unnamed man is thought to be a BBC journalist, although this has not yet been confirmed.
He could be heard giving his sombre outlook after Chuka Umunna addressed the audience at the press conference at London’s County Hall.
As Luciana Berger thanked family and friends for their support, the man says: ‘We’re going to be so divided.’
The pair can then be heard muttering and giggling as the MPs answer questions.
BBC presenter Samira Ahmed, who was presenting the Victoria Derbyshire show, later apologised for the expletives.
She said: ‘I should say for those who were listening to that live news conference, there was some bad language apparently, so we do apologise if anyone was offended by what they might have heard.’
Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey this morning issued the appeal to MPs from both Labour and other parties to ‘leave the old tribal politics behind’ and join their new grouping.
Luciana Berger said she had become ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ to be in Corbyn’s Labour, branding the party ‘institutionally anti-Semitic’. The MPs involved are (seated from left) Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey, Ms Berger, Angela Smith, Chuka Umunna and Gavin Shuker
Ann Coffey filed into the sensational press conference ahead of Mr Umunna today as the rebel group finally made its move
None of the current political parties in Westminster ‘are fit to provide the leadership and direction needed by our country’, they said.
At the press conference this morning, Mr Umunna issued an appeal to voters: ‘For far too long, political parties in Westminster – parties of which we have been a part – have been failing you.
‘If you want an alternative, please help us build it. The bottom line is this – politics is broken, it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s change it.’
A spokesman for the BBC said: ‘Due to an error, we inadvertently broadcast some background comments from another microphone during our coverage of the press conference this morning. We apologised on air once we realised our mistake.’
In October, senior BBC reporter Dan Road was hauled off air for making an offensive comment about the owner of Leicester City chairman’s private life.
The sports editor was standing yards from a flower memorial when he suggested that Thai beauty queen Nursara Suknamai was club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s ‘mistress’.
Last August, during a live BBC Breakfast broadcast, the show was returning for its nine o’clock update on Saturday when viewers claimed they heard the words, ‘she’s useless, isn’t she?’
They speculated presenter Naga Munchetty had said it to Charlie Stayt.