ITV reporter Robert Peston makes major gaffe by claiming to work for BBC

Robert Peston may have to endure a rather awkward conversation with the ITV

Robert Peston may have to endure a rather awkward conversation with the ITV

Friday, March 2, 2018

In what might be a first for British politics, someone embarassed themselves during one of Theresa May's speeches - and it wasn't the Prime Minister herself.

Robert Peston, ITV's esteemed political editor, mixed up the name of his employer during May's headline Brexit address in the City of London.

As May invited questions from the audience, she called Peston to speak, and her would-be interrogrator introduced himself as 'Robert Peston, BBC.'

Peston held senior editorial roles at the Beeb for nine years before leaving in 2015, having earned international acclaim for his coverage of the financial crash.

However his declaration will probably come as news to his employers, given that Peston has worked at ITV for the past three years and become one of the channel's biggest names.

The faux pas was instantly relayed by Peston's fellow journalists, who seemed happy to lightly poke fun at their colleague.

Peston readily admitted his mistake afterwards, but told his near-900,000 followers "I now want to kill myself" as a result of the gaffe.