Video of BBC news presenter sinking out of shot goes viral – Daily TV round-up

Caroline Bilton dropped out of view on Look North.

A hilarious video of a BBC news presenter disappearing into the floor has gone viral.

Appearing on the Look North programme, Caroline Bilton was signing off on a report when she began sinking out of shot.

Going back to newsreader Leanne Brown, composure was maintained, Brown saying: “I think we had a problem with the camera there.”

Since the clip emerged on YouTube, it's been watched over 1.5 million times.

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Tweeting about the incident, Bilton said: “Well I'm globally famous it would seem and for all the wrong reasons! The power of the web! Glad it's making people smile. #sinkingfeeling.”

It's far from the first time that a BBC news item has gone viral.

McCoy... now infamous for the 'printer paper' incident (Copyright: BBC)

Last year a clip of newsreader Simon McCoy holding what appeared to be a stack of printer paper while presenting the news quickly did the rounds on social media.

He had picked up the paper mistaking it for his iPad, it emerged.

A BBC spokesperson said at the time: “In the rush of live news, he didn't have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it.” [Daily Telegraph]

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