Maryam Moshiri did not realise she was live on air and was caught holding up her middle finger to the whole nation.
The news presenter was “joking” around with her colleagues and didn’t know the cameras had already started rolling.
She quickly corrected her blunder and read the news bulletin, and tried to salvage the broadcast, but the damage was already done.
She made a statement regarding the incident on X.
She tweeted: “Hey everyone, yesterday just before the top of the hour I was joking around a bit with the team in the gallery. I was pretending to count down as the director was counting me down from 10-0. including the fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held up to one.
“When we got to 1 I turned finger around as a joke and did not realise that this would be caught on camera. It was a private joke with the team and I’m so sorry it went out on air! It was not my intention for this to happen and I’m sorry if I offended or upset anyone. I wasn’t ‘flipping the bird’ at viewers or even a person really. It was a silly joke that was meant for a small number of my mates.”
This has resulted in a storm on X with thousands taking to the social media site to share their opinions on the broadcaster.
Piers Morgan replied saying: “We’ve all done it Maryam… (well, I have anyway). Thanks for giving us a good laugh.”
Many more comments ranged from supportive to angrily grilling Maryam.
“Disgraceful behaviour. She should be sacked. #DefundTheBBC”
“This presenter needs to be sacked today. Throwing the finger at hard-working BBC TV license payers is totally unacceptable.”
“Chances are she having a laugh with colleagues in the gallery, but, as I know, when things go wrong on live TV, the world can be very unforgiving…..”
“It’s a shame there’s such a pile-on, and people are twisting something clumsy into something political. Doesn’t everyone feel like she apparently did at least once every working day?”
“Have a sense of humour. It’s pretty funny, a woman got caught having a bit of a laugh with some mates at work and looked a bit silly.”
“It’s not great. It’s not how you’d want a news program to start. But it’s not worth getting upset about. Just laugh and enjoy.”
This comes after a number of gaffes, and budget cuts to News 24 as well as people leaving the BBC.