When James Naughtie steps down from the Today programme this autumn, his Jeremy Hunt gaffe will stand out as one of his more memorable moments. The Scottish presenter accidentally introduced him by the wrong surname in 2010: ‘First up after the news, we’re going to be talking to Jeremy C–t.’
The health secretary continues to cause problems for the staff of Radio 4. This morning, Naughtie’s colleague John Humphrys also got Hunt’s name wrong. Reading the news bulletin at 7am, Humphrys said the ‘health secretary James Hunt’ is setting out plans for NHS consultants to work at weekends.
While the slip wasn’t an expletive this time around, given that the BBC are currently at war with the Tories, it’s probably the wrong time for presenters to get Cabinet ministers’ names wrong.