BBC presenter apologizes for four-letter gaffe

Mon Dec 6, 2010 4:06am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - A BBC Radio 4 presenter apologized on Monday after he mangled the phrase "Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt" and produced a profanity heard live on air.

"I'm afraid many of you will have noticed that I landed in one of those awful verbal tangles just before eight o'clock," Today presenter James Naughtie said in an apology some 20 minutes after his slip-up.

"All I can say is occasionally in live broadcasting these things happen and I'm very sorry to anyone who thought it wasn't what they wanted to hear over their breakfast."

"Neither did I, needless to say," he added.

(Reporting by Keith Weir; Editing by Steve Addison)