BBC’s Maryam Moshiri Clarifies ‘Middle Finger’ Incident as a Team Joke, Extended Video Surfaces

BBC’s Maryam Moshiri Clarifies ‘Middle Finger’ Incident as a Team Joke, Extended Video Surfaces

Maryam Moshiri’s Gesture Explained

An extended video has emerged shedding light on the moments leading up to a controversial incident involving BBC chief presenter Maryam Moshiri, revealing the context behind her seemingly raised middle finger during a live broadcast earlier this month.

Moshiri, 46, detailed the mishap, attributing it to a light-hearted “private joke” with her team before going live.

Revealing the Background

BBC camera footage captured Moshiri counting down from ten with exaggerated hand gestures, following the director’s cues as they prepared to go live.

As the countdown concluded at ‘one,’ her finger appeared raised, seemingly directed at the camera. After the clip was broadcast live, the incident went viral, prompting an immediate public apology.

Apology and Clarification

Explaining the incident, Moshiri expressed remorse, emphasizing that the gesture was part of the countdown’s playful banter with her team, meant to remain behind the scenes. She clarified that it wasn’t aimed at viewers or any individual, asserting that it was a spontaneous act she did not anticipate being caught on camera.

Extended Video Disclosure and Online Response

Moshiri denied releasing the extended video on Twitter, expressing a mix of regret and relief that the footage surfaced, highlighting the playful atmosphere during the countdown. Her post garnered significant attention, reaching millions, and attracted various responses, including support and differing opinions on professionalism.

Mixed Reactions

While some lauded Moshiri’s handling of the situation and saw it as a lighthearted incident, others criticized it as a lack of professionalism. Opinions on social media varied widely, reflecting a debate between those supporting Moshiri’s spontaneity and those expecting a higher level of conduct from BBC presenters.

Presenter’s Background and Previous Headlines

Moshiri, part of a new lineup of top BBC News presenters, has an extensive career spanning various BBC programs. Her recent headlines, including the impromptu depiction of a rare blue supermoon, showcased her ability to adapt and engage viewers even in unexpected situations.

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