Picture: Sky News/Screengrab
Picture: Sky News/Screengrab

Autocues are horrible, treacherous things aren't they?

Sky News' Niall Paterson would agree, after he read a story about bird population levels following the winter, and struggled to keep a straight face doing so.

Mostly because the word 'tits' came up a fair amount.

In a story about bird populations.

The hilarity went thusly:

The number of small garden birds has increased this year thanks to a mild winter which made it easier for them to find food.

(Laughing) Long-tailed tits, Coal tits - this is horrible - and great tits are on the rise...

At which point a fellow presenter interjected:

This is a nature story why is everybody laughing?

Niall soldiered on:

...but the RSPB has warned that many garden birds are still struggling, and that's the important point here. More than half a million in the big garden bird watch over a weekend in January and between them they counted over 8.2 million birds of a variety of species, in hour long surveys of gardens and parks.

A producer is going to be in real trouble for picking out all those names to read.

Yeah, what an awful producer, expecting professionalism from a newsreader - how ridiculous!

Niall Paterson has made clear his position on the disruption:

HT Express

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