Praise for BBC Weatherman after he apologises for ‘Caernarvon’ mistake
BBC weatherman Matt Taylor has been praised for apologising after the name “Caernarvon” appeared on-screen during a morning weather bulletin.
The error came to light during a BBC Breakfast bulletin as the Anglicised spelling of the place name appeared alongside Oban, Thirsk, Birmingham, Worcester and Benson.
Caernarfon is Wales’ most Welsh-speaking town and the subject of Anglicising place names has become a hot topic in the area, with some accusations that names are being changed to suit tourists.
Commenting on the error on Twitter, Craig Allman said he had an “anti-Welsh alert” to share.
“Image from BBC Breakfast this morning,” he said. “Is this just carelessness &/ or ignorance (sloppy & unprofessional), or a further wilful promotion of the Tory anti-Welsh agenda (sinister)?
“In case you can’t be bothered checking, it’s CAERNARFON!”
The message was ‘liked’ over 100 times, and re-tweeted 18 times.
Among those who responded were Matt Taylor himself.
“Hi Craig. That was completely my error. I had written it down on my sheet with an ‘f’ but obviously had a momentary lapse as I rushed to get the graphic together in time,” he said.
“Perhaps flashbacks to my childhood holidays there. All was quickly sorted. Thanks for getting in touch.”
Hi Craig. That was completely my error. I had written it down on my sheet with an ‘f’ but obviously had a momentary lapse as I rushed to get the graphic together in time. Perhaps flashbacks to my childhood holidays there. All was quickly sorted. Thanks for getting in touch
— Matt Taylor (@MetMattTaylor) November 5, 2021
Chris Snell asked, “So are you putting the graphics together or just giving the information to ‘tech whizz’ to do it for you?”
“We have to do it all ourselves – I’m a one man band in the morning,” the weatherman said in reply.
The weatherman’s apology was praised by others, with E Thomas saying that it was a “classy reply”.
“We all make mistakes, and takes guts to admit it,” he said.
Chris Snell said that he was “genuinely surprised (and impressed)” that weathermen and women put together the graphics themselves. “Explains why things like this happen then!”
The spelling of Caernarfon was changed to the correct one on subsequent weather reports.