BBC newsreader dubbed a 'legend' after mispronouncing Jay Z's name

BBC newsreader dubbed a 'legend' after mispronouncing Jay Z's name

‘I’m seriously down with the kids!’ BBC newsreader Nick Owen, 75, is dubbed a ‘legend’ by viewers after hilariously mispronouncing Jay Z’s name

BBC newsreader Nick Owen has been dubbed a ‘legend’ by Midlands Today viewers after hilariously mispronouncing Jay Z’s name during Friday’s episode.

The 75-year-old had been reading from a teleprompter about a father-and-son dancing duo on TikTok when he was left confused by the script, which included the rapper’s moniker.

After saying ‘Jay Zed’ rather than ‘Zee’, he returned after the segment to correct himself.

‘I’m seriously down with the kids!’ BBC newsreader Nick Owen has been dubbed a ‘legend’ by Midlands Today viewers after hilariously mispronouncing Jay Z’s name during Friday’s episode

Nick assured audiences he was ‘seriously down with the kids’, while making a questionable hand gesture.

It wasn’t long before podcaster Scott Bryan shared the footage to Twitter, writing: ‘OH MY GOD Watch this report by Nick Owens on Midlands Today. Stick to the end.’

BBC Radio 1 star Katie Thistleton commented, ‘Ohhh he must be protected at all costs!’ while Blue Peter host Richie Driss chimed in with, ‘I want to give him a hug.’

Unimpressed: The 75-year-old had been reading from a teleprompter when he was left confused by the script, which included the rapper’s moniker (Jay Z pictured in 2021)

Other fans penned, ‘@nickowentv is a midlands news legend,’ as well as, ‘Should get a knighthood for this. I’m starting the campaign, today.’

A final concluded: ‘This is going to stay in my head forever.’

Nick found fame in the 1980s on the TV-am breakfast show after beginning his career on regional newspapers.

In hysterics: It wasn’t long before podcaster Scott Bryan shared the footage to Twitter, writing: ‘OH MY GOD Watch this report by Nick Owens on Midlands Today. Stick to the end’

He is famous for his cringe-worthy puns and is widely believed to be the inspiration for Steve Coogan’s spoof chat show presenter, Alan Partridge.

He co-presented Good Morning Britain with Anne Diamond from 1983 to 1986 and paired up with her again in 1992 to front Good Morning with Anne and Nick on BBC One.

The show was originally a hit, but was axed in 1996 due to failing ratings.

Whoops! After saying ‘Jay Zed’ rather than ‘Zee’, he returned after the segment to correct himself

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