Somewhere in the ITV headquarters, lawyers are fretting. Phillip Schofield’s blunder on live TV today - in which the This Morning presenter unintentionally flashed a list of alleged Tory paedophiles to viewers - could land the station with some uncomfortable lawsuits.
Schofield did mean to ambush David Cameron, but as he reached over to give the Prime Minister his sensational list, the side showing names passed briefly in front of a camera – broadcasting the identities of at least five men to the nation. This kind of stunt could lead to a national frenzy, said Cameron.
"There is a danger if we are not careful that this can turn into a sort of witch hunt, particularly about people who are gay, and I'm worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now, taking a list of names off the internet."
You can make your view known on whether Schofield was right to present the list at all on our poll.
But ranked on potential for 1) rabble-rousing and 2) legal fees, there's no question the presenter's slip sits high on the all-time TV gaffe leader-board. To make it to that number one spot though, Schofield has to beat off competition from this lot of less than professional colleagues...
1. Mistaken identity
Sit back and assess the situation. You're on the news as an expert. And you don't have a bloody clue.
2. I’m sorry, who are you?
Everyone's been here. But Joanna Gosling manages a brain-freeze with remarkable grace.
3. Grammy reporter goes off script
Did she have a small stroke? Is she drunk? Is this what happened in the Tower of Babel?
4. Taking a poll
You know how news reporters can walk while keeping their eyes on the camera? Well sometimes they can't.
5. They killed who?
More Freudian slip than genuine blunder, a Fox anchor confuses the President with the world's most wanted terrorist.
6. Letting it all out
Keeping a straight face is part and parcel of reading the news. But models falling over? That stuff's like kryptonite.
7. Oh wait, that's not Wyclef Jean
On election night, a reporter fails on current affairs, musical knowledge, and racial sensitivity all at the same time.
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