The BBC, purportedly the most professional organisation in the world, has made a glaring error in announcing the sacking of one of its most popular and trusted newcasters, Moira Stuart. It spelt her name wrong.
Breaking the news of Stewart's sacking on its website today, the corporation told readers that 'Moria' had left the station to 'pursue other alternatives'. One of these is thought to be 'drawing her pension'.
The error was later corrected. The piece, which can be read at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7026111.stm is the latest example of unprofessionalism to be exhibited by the BBC, and comes close on the heels of a series of unseemly cheating scandals.
The BBC report also contained the grammatical howler "she has been seen Top of the Pops". Clearly, a child was writing the news today.
Stuart, 58, who rarely opened her mouth whilst reading the news, was said to be upset at the error, but not surprised. Details of her dismissal are unclear, but are thought to relate to last year's Christmas Party, which she spent in the close company of Jeremy Paxman.
Paxman, and others, including her other half, have complained that Stuart was never used to her full potential and given a chance to show her legs, unlike Angela Rippon, who did so to good effect on the Morecambe & Wise Show.
Awarded an OBE six years ago, Stuart signs on at the Kensington Unemployment Benefit Office (UBO) next Tuesday at 9.00am.