COMEDY

Cheery BBC Presenter Misjudges Tone When Reading Out News Headlines

11/08/2014 12:44 BST | Updated 11/08/2014 15:59 BST

Viewers of 'The Trip To Italy' may remember a scene in which Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan discuss the intonation of news presenters - and how the intonation at the start of the sentence reveals whether what's about to follow is good news (eg the person in question has received an award) or bad (eg the person in question has died).

And we couldn't help but think of that discussion when we heard this clip, posted by Jon Harvey, in which a BBC continuity announcer sounds decidedly chipper about ebola, and speaks about the Oscar Pistorius trial as if it's an episode of 'The Archers'.

As Harvey says: "This BBC News announcer last night had a choice between (a) gravitas and (b) cheery. I think he picked the wrong one".

SEE ALSO: July's Funniest News Bloopers