During a BBC News live broadcast, Iranian presenter and journalist Maryam Moshiri went viral after being caught making an obscene gesture while on air. The unusual moment occurred when the news began to be broadcast.
The scene went viral on social networks because viewers are accustomed to the seriousness and formality of BBC presenters.
The presenter apologized for the unexpected incident on her personal X account.
“Hello everyone, yesterday, just before the end of the hour, I was joking around a bit with the team in the gallery. I was pretending to count down while the director counted me down from 10-0… including using my fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held to one.”
Moshiri clarified that he did not make an obscene gesture at the audience or at any person in particular.
“When we got to 1, I twirled my finger as a joke and didn’t realize this would be caught on camera. “It was an inside joke with the team and I’m so sorry it aired!”
“I didn’t mean for this to happen and I’m sorry if I offended or upset anyone. In reality, she was not “flipping the bird” at the viewers, or even at a person.”
In addition, he explained that it was an internal joke directed at his colleagues.
“It was a silly joke intended for a small number of my peers.”
Hey everyone, yesterday just before the top of the hour I was joking around a bit with the team in the gallery.
I was pretending to count down as the director was counting me down from 10-0.. including the fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held up to one.
— Maryam Moshiri (@BBCMaryam) December 7, 2023
The small incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, when Maryam was making headlines on BBC News’ global broadcast, and was caught making the obscene gesture in the direction of the camera at the start of the live broadcast.