BBC uses on-screen graphics calling Rishi Sunak a “C ***” and a “T ***” in an on-air error

Rishi Sunak after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting King Charles III and accepting his invitation to become Prime Minister. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau – PA Images via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting King Charles III and accepting his invitation to become Prime Minister. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau – PA Images via Getty Images)

The BBC welcomed Rishi Sunak in his role as the country’s new prime minister using an on-screen graphic that described him as a “c ***” and “t ***”.

During a live broadcast outside Downing Street on Tuesday, the broadcaster showed the results of a poll, which asked people to describe the Tory leader in one word.

“Savanta ComRes, a survey research company, came up with a word cloud and people posted their thoughts and that’s the conclusion,” the BBC reporter said.

A “word cloud” graphic was then displayed on the screen, which included the offending words along with several other not exactly complementary labels, including “slimy”, “boring”, “idiot”, “stab in the back” and ” liar”.

At the other end of the spectrum, Sunak has also been described as “capable”,
“Intelligent”, “self-confident”, “nice” and “intelligent”.

Seemingly oblivious to the on-screen swearing, the reporter noted: “Rich is the overwhelming word, at the same time capable, okay, good and intelligent.”

On Tuesday, Sunak promised to do so “Correct” the mistakes made by Liz Truss in his first speech as prime minister.

Speaking from outside 10 Downing Street, Sunak paid homage to his predecessor, saying he “admired his restlessness in creating change.”

“He was not wrong in wanting to improve growth in this country: it is a noble goal,” he said.

But in a stinging attack on his 49 days in office, he added: “But some mistakes have been made.

“It was not born of bad intentions or bad intentions, quite the contrary. But mistakes, anyway.

“And I was elected leader of my party and prime minister in part to resolve them. And that work begins immediately ”.

Rishi Sunak makes his first PM speech off 10 Downing Street.  (Photo: Stefan Rousseau - PA Images via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak makes his first PM speech off 10 Downing Street. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau – PA Images via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak makes his first PM speech off 10 Downing Street. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau – PA Images via Getty Images)

Sunak also set fire to former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying that while he was “grateful” for his “incredible achievements as Prime Minister”, “the mandate my party earned in 2019 is not the exclusive property of no individual “.

The new Prime Minister has been named leader of the Toriesyesterday after his rival Penny Mordaunt withdrawn from the race when she failed to get the 100 parliamentary nominations needed to participate in the leadership ballot.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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