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Justin Webb turns air blue with Jeremy Hunt name blunder

The BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter mispronounced the Health and Social Care Secretary’s surname.

Jeremy Hunt’s name causes problems on Today again (Peter Byrne/PA)
Jeremy Hunt’s name causes problems on Today again (Peter Byrne/PA)

A presenter on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme blundered by pronouncing the surname of Cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt as “C***”.

Justin Webb made the error while reading out a newspaper story about the Health and Social Care Secretary.

Listeners heard him say: “The paper says that Health Secretary Jeremy C*** … Hunt is understood to favour a cap on social care.”

Webb claimed he had “swerved” away from pronouncing the full four-letter word, but listeners were convinced they had heard it.

He was reading out a story from the Daily Express during the programme’s review of newspapers and news websites.

It is not the first time a Today presenter has been embarrassed by the Health Secretary’s name.

James Naughtie made the error while Mr Hunt was culture secretary.

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