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YOU NAUGHTIE BOY; Radio 4 James calls Tory MP Jeremy Hunt the C word.

Byline: Amy Devine

RADIO presenter James Naughtie turned the airwaves blue yesterday - when he introduced the Culture Secretary as Jeremy C***.

And just hours later, journalist Andrew Marr made the same blunder live on air.

The BBC were forced to apologise after receiving a barrage of complaints - as well as some emails from amused listeners.

Minister Jeremy Hunt was appearing on Radio 4's Today programme when the first gaffe was made.

Just before the 8am news, veteran presenter Naughtie said: "We are going to be talking to Jeremy C***, em, Hunt, the Culture Secretary, about broadband."

Giggled The gaffe - known as a Spoonerism - sent him into a coughing fit and he giggled through the news headlines.

Naughtie, from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, went on to interview Hunt about the Government's new pounds 830million broadband policy before apologising.

He described the verbal slip as "the most unintentional thing imaginable".

Hours later, Marr repeated Naughtie's gaffe live on air.

Presenting Start The Week, he told his guests he would not repeat Naughtie's remarks.

But he made exactly the same slip-up as he tried to say, "Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary", before adding: "I must apologise for saying it again but it's just very hard to talk about it without saying it."

Hunt later admitted he had a good laugh at the blunder.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "James and Andrew have both apologised for their verbal tangles on air."

A Spoonerism - named after the Rev James Spooner - refers to an error in speech involving mixing the initial sounds of a pair of words.


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Date:Dec 7, 2010
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