Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Newsreader's awkward struggle through dog surfing story

Newsreader's awkward struggle through dog surfing story

Reaching the desk of the BBC is the pinnacle if you're a television news anchor. The dogs are claiming their right to the beach by jumping on to the paddle and hitting the waves with their owners.

The BBC's Simon McCoy presented a short piece about a dog surfing event in California on Monday, and the light-weight nature of the story clearly made him question his career and the direction of contemporary journalism with its occasional embrace of sometimes silly, people-pleasing stories.

McCoy begins, much as we have, by reminding viewers that it is August, before delivering the segment's lede with all the enthusiasm of a dental patient heading in for a root canal. He expected it would all be hard-hitting news stories from around the globe - now he's talking about surfing dogs in California.

The screen then cuts to footage of adorable pooches giving it their all on a San Francisco beach, but even that isn't enough to melt Simon's heart.

"The competitors' challenge is to stay afloat on the board", he says.

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To top off the wonderfully resentful reading, McCoy ended the piece with a sarcastic "that's a shame, we've run out of pictures".

Fellow BBC journalist Chris Gray was quick to appreciate the delivery of the package.

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