Sunday, 27 December 2009


A spelling mistake by an Education correspondent is as bad as a Driving Instructor failing a driving test, an actor fluffing their lines or Wayne Rooney missing an open goal.

Okay, you get the idea, but I did indeed manage to spot a glaring spelling mistake by BBC News' Education correspondent, Gary Eason. In the third paragraph, Eason spells the word 'announced' as 'annmounced' - embarrassing for any journalist, especially a journalist working for the BBC with Education being his specialist field. The mistake (pictured, left) has since been amended.

The print screen (above) was taken shortly after 0:11 on 23/12/2009 when the mistake was yet to be spotted. At this point, I also e-mailed Ofcom to notify them of the error. I did not receive a reply.

But later the same day, not only was the word 'announced' omitted from the article, but it was changed dramatically. The print screen below shows the updated version, which includes a different headline to that of the previous version (pictured, above).

All print screens come from the same article (and URL).

"It's true...and I can prove it!"


  1. Wouldn't it be fair to say that it's more a typo than a spelling mistake and something that was just missed by the subs? Additionally Ofcom don't care about the BBC...

  2. Well, if you hold that position in the BBC, then it should be regarded as a spelling mistake I reckon. I dunno, I'm a bit of a perfectionist! I thought it was bad anyway!

    Oh, why don't they care? Who should I have told?