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BBC sports announcer uses his hand as an iPad

Technically Incorrect: Chris Mitchell tapped away on his palm, perhaps hoping that the camera wouldn't show that it had no actual iPad in it. It appears an inside joke.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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What did he think he was doing? HelsEveryWhere/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Perhaps he thought it was a Palm Pilot.

Viewers of the BBC were a little perplexed on Thursday when sports presenter Chris Mitchell signed off his SportsDay broadcast.

He turned away toward large screens behind him. Then he turned back and began tapping on what could have been an iPad, but was actually just his hand.

Naturally some wondered whether he thought the camera couldn't see his hand. Others -- this would be me -- muttered whether this might be an inside joke. I have contacted the BBC to ask and will update, should I hear.

That it was an inside joke appears substantiated by the fact that another BBC presenter, Simon McCoy, tried to pretend a packet of paper was an iPad just a couple of years ago.

Indeed, Mitchell replied to a Twittered suggestion that he had taken McCoy's crown as King of the iPad Fakers: "Simon will always be King."

Perhaps in the coming days it will emerge what was in Mitchell's mind, if not his hand. Perhaps he really just experienced a sudden emptiness of the brain and had no idea what he was supposed to do.

I just hope the BBC doesn't reply to my inquiry by telling me to talk to the hand.