The BBC is known for its serious style of reporting. However, on Thursday during an edition of SportsDay, Chris Mitchell signed off by pretending to scroll through a tablet with just his hands. Why? We explain below, but before we get there, it’s definitely a different look for “Auntie Beeb.”

CNET says Mitchell’s iPad sign off was apparently done on purpose:

That it was an inside joke appears substantiated by the fact that another BBC presenter, Simon McCoy, tried to pretend a packet of paper was an iPad just a couple of years ago.

Indeed, Mitchell replied to a Twittered suggestion that he had taken McCoy’s crown as King of the iPad Fakers: “Simon will always be King.”

Let us hope that this starts a series of iPad signoffs at the BBC.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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