GB News hit by epic pranksters as hosts read out X-rated names live on air
GB News has only just launched, but it looks like they've already fallen for one of the oldest tricks in the book.
The new "anti-woke" British current affairs channel – which launched on Sunday led by Andrew Neil – appears to have been trolled by a team of crafty pranksters watching the show who were up to no good.
The channel has been suffering from some technical issues, but now it looks like they've become the butt of a name-related jokes.
The news channel has been taking live call-ins from members of the public, but it seems like some mischievous viewers have have been coming up with some rather suspicious names to play an old-school-prank on the new kid on the block.
During its live news broadcast on Tuesday (June 15), the channel walked straight into the apparent trap when its presenters read out two hilariously rude-sounding names live on air – "Mike Hunt" and "Mike Oxlong".
Although the names may be genuine, it seems a bit too much of a coincidence that two separate Mikes with those names (try reading them out) would be featured within a couple of hours of each other on the same channel.
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In the first apparent hoax on Tuesday, former BBC newsreader Simon McCoy and his co-host Alex Philips were in the midst of their afternoon show.
Philips was trying her best to discuss important issues surrounding children's diets and obesity, when she announced that one viewer, "Mike Oxlong", had written in to support her concerns.
Seemingly unaware of the supposed prank, the former Brexit Party MEP declared: "And Mike Oxlong has emailed me saying that he agrees with me…", and neither presenter looked like they noticed somebody could be up to no good.
It was only a couple of hours later when GB News might have been fooled again, when former Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry was leading with her segment titled "What matters to you?" when a man by the name of "Mike Hunt" wrote in to discuss children's toys.
Presenter Michelle seemed oblivious to the apparent trick as she said: "Mike Hunt has got in touch about toys…"
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During both of the channel's segments, the GB News teams seemed unaware of the potential prankster names as they pressed on with their broadcast, but unfortunately for GB News, the internet never misses a beat.
The two video clips soon went viral on Twitter, as social media users were having a field day with the names and took to ribbing the station.
One user addressed the supposed Mike Hunt gag, writing in: "GB News falling for the old Mike Hunt gag so early in the game," before they attached a photo of Bart and Lisa Simpson laughing during a prank call on an episode of The Simpsons.
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A second user commented: "Both Mike Hunt and Mike Oxlong have been name-checked on GB News. Hugh Janus and Amanda Hugankiss are waiting in the wings."
A third tweeted the video and captioned the post: "Ok I know I said I wouldn't tweet about it but I can't stop laughing".
A fourth then commented: "Amazing. GB News is already getting trolled with fake names. Mike Oxlong, we also had a Mike Hunt… Whoever is setting these just please keep bombarding them with them!"
Journalists got in on the banter too, with former Sky News producer Ruaridh Arrow recalling: "When I was a trainee producer at Sky News, almost the first thing I was taught was never to put anyone called Mike Hunt on air."
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Later on, the presenters finally responded to the calls and used their next afternoon show to tell their viewers to "grow up" and said they will no longer be reading out people's surnames, in case they are pranked again.
McCoy said: "Grow up. We’re a new company, we’re a new broadcaster, there are systems that we are putting in that would stop idiots like you from getting through. They’re getting through at the moment but, please, we’ve got other things to worry about."
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