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BBC journo sleeps in, nearly misses landmark news

Jonathan Warren

29.02.2012

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Jonathan Warren
112794132As one of the country's senior financial journalists, you would have to be well-prepared for big news that comes your way - especially if you're in charge of the most famous news programme of them all. However, Robert Peston - the presenter of the Today programme on Radio 4 - found himself in at the deep end last week. On the day that state-owned institution Royal Bank of Scotland reported pre-tax losses of just under £2 billion, Peston was unable to rise from his double bed when planned, instead oversleeping on the morning of the responding BBC radio show. As such, he was forced to comment on the statistics despite full-year results not being analysed properly. According to the Daily Mail, Mr Peston "stuttered and stammered his way through his analysis by phone" instead of delivering his typical full and frank insight. However, the reporter was apologetic after it all happened, noting his tragedy of circumstance via Twitter after the show. He said: "OMG. Overslept this morning. Only just made it on to Today. Bit of busking on RBS results. Hope that wasn't obvious. Cup of tea needed."

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Jonathan Warren

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