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Sophie Laughton explores some of the funniest news caption mistakes of the year.
Captions; lower-thirds; banners; whatever you want to call them, news captions can be as vital to broadcast journalism as an actual interview.
But what about when things go wrong or, rather, hilariously right?
We’ve hunted down some of the best jokes, blunders, and cheeky digs that caption writers have managed to sneak onto our screens in the last 12 months.
Max, BBC Breakfast, February 2021
Max the dog earned his BBC Breakfast title when he was awarded an Order of Merit, the animal equivalent of an OBE, for his incredible work as a therapy dog. A very good boy indeed.
Incredible scenes. pic.twitter.com/jiO8vRtbKX
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) February 19, 2021
Sky News Twitter, Sky News, February 2021
Not quite a news caption, but this Twitter gaffe was too good to leave out. Utterly nonsensical, yet entirely succinct.
You okay over there @SkyNews?
‘DIG BOJO BRIEFING Q.’ 😆 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/KERE4PArBL
— Harry Twohig (@twohig_harry) February 3, 2021
Joanna Lumley, ITV News, February 2021
What started off as an impassioned plea from the actress to stop the detonation of wartime bombs found at sea (which can harm whales and dolphins) turned into a pitch for a very watchable show.
It’s just an ITV news caption but I’m not sure I can think of a TV show I’d currently watch over: pic.twitter.com/1RDfDUgoES
— Aaron Drapkin (@AaronDrapkin) February 9, 2021
Jackie Weaver, BBC Breakfast, February 2021
BBC Breakfast put all our minds at rest by confirming what certain members of Handforth Parish Council just couldn’t accept – Jackie Weaver has the authority. She may or may not be Britney Spears though.
‘Jackie Weaver has the authority’ BBC Breakfast come out in support of Internet starhttps://t.co/JwXd0aQX4m pic.twitter.com/co4HmWMMtd
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) February 6, 2021
Ember, BBC World News, December 2020
Another day, another dog being interviewed on television. But this one sings! So Ember’s occupation is… yeah, you guessed it.
Well played, BBC World News caption person (and also @mrnickharvey and Ember (Singing dog)). pic.twitter.com/IVEP3elS2d
— Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) December 17, 2020
Boris Johnson, Channel 4 News, September 2020
Screw the COVID-19 briefing, Channel 4 knows what is truly important to the nation: What time we get to see cream buns being made in a tent.
Never forget the last Boris 8pm address when Channel 4 decided to display this banner pic.twitter.com/eaMm3CPxNe
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) January 4, 2021
Donald Trump, BBC News, November 2020
Is there any way to call something “so-called” without sounding like you’re throwing “so-called” shade?
Oh my GOD read the BBC News caption pic.twitter.com/xhMTRdbjgR
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) November 13, 2020