BBC presenter ‘wonderfully handled’ situation after fake typing goes viral

BBC Points West presenter ‘types’ on laptop

BBC Points West viewers were left cringing as newsreader Pam Caulfield faked typing on her laptop live on air.

As her bulletin ended on Sunday afternoon, she didn’t seem to know what to do with her hands as she waited for the cameras to stop rolling.

“But that’s it from me! I hope you have a lovely afternoon, whatever you’re up to. Goodbye,” she said to viewers as she smiled broadly.

Turning to the laptop on the table in front of her, she began doing a typing motion, but her fingers never actually touched the keys.

She clearly thought the camera in front of her was filming, in which case it wouldn’t have been picked up. Unfortunately the camera cut to a side view, meaning that her fake typing was on view for all to see.

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Viewers found the gaffe hilarious, although one person branded it an “embarrassment”.

However, elsewhere, a viewer gave her “10/10 for the fake typing”, while another called @PrettyBathUK labelled it “brilliant”, writing: “@bbcpointswest Great typing skills!!! @PamCaulfield #typing #faketyping #brilliant.”

“When the boss comes around the office,” quipped another viewer, as someone else added: “Not even trying to make it look genuine, love it”

ITV presenter also Lewis Warner got in on the action, joking: “She’s let the secret out! My laptop isn’t even real, it’s playmobil!”

Even BBC News Bristol took to X, formerly known as Twitter to join in the fun, sharing the clip and joking: “Fake typing activated.”


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BBC Look East presenter Mo Bakshi admired how Pam had handled the situation and took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to commend her.

Clearly seeing the funny side, Pam replied to another fan sharing the video on X with a photo of herself sat at a piano, as she quipped: “I can also do fake piano playing…”

“Brilliant and wonderfully handled by @PamCaulfield who went on to “fake” piano-play after this went viral,” Mo wrote

“I used to either close down the computer, check what msgs I’d missed from the producer or..reply to cheeky comments from a former Northants reporter..” she revealed without divulging the identity of the reporter in question. (sic)

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