Viewers spot 'brilliant' coincidence during BBC reporter's live cross

·News Reporter
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Viewers have been left in hysterics after picking up a funny coincidence during a news reporter’s live cross.

The BBC was airing a story over the petrol shortage in Stockport, in Greater Manchester, last week.

But viewers were more occupied with the news reporter’s name. Reporting on a petrol crisis? Call in Phil McCann.

“Fill my can, brilliant,” one man Tweeted.

BBC reporter Phil McCann is pictured.
BBC reporter Phil McCann reports on issues with buying petrol. Source: BBC

Another man joked that McCann “met his friend Jerry Cann last week”.

“Next report - the dental crisis... by Phil McCavity,” another said.

A fourth man Tweeted: “Is this for real?”

McCann seemed to take the jokes in good humour though.

During his cross, the studio mentioned some of the tweets about his name.

“I said on Twitter it’s like being back in year nine,” he said.

It’s not the first time a news reporter’s name has somehow sparked interest due to a coincidence with the story they are reporting on.

In 2011, 7News sent out a reporter to AAMI Park in Melbourne to report on the plight of the Demons AFL Club after the coach had been sacked. They sent Amy Parks.

Viewers watching an ITV News report on budget cuts in the police force were left giggling over the name of a police constable in 2019. His name? Rob Banks.

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