The aptly named BBC Breakfast presenter had viewers howling with laughter, after his report on petrol station shortages as panic buying continued to cause major problems
BBC Breakfast viewers were amused yesterday as they spotted a presenter with a rather ironic name.
In a special programme on the important subject of fuel shortages due to panic buying, one man caught people’s attention.
You see his name sounds like ‘fill my can’, as in a jerry can. What are the chances?
Mr McCann went viral after broadcasting from a petrol station forecourt in Stockport, where he updated viewers on the ongoing panic buying and fuel shortages across the UK.
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The perfect example of nominative determinism left people in stitches, as one joked: “Was Phil McCarr busy today?”
Another quipped: “If ever there was a roving reporter that could cover a fuel shortage…”
Journalist Simon McCoy added: “There is only one BBC reporter to do the story of panic-buying of fuel. And it is Phil McCann.”
“Are people stockpiling petrol not according to Phil McCann. Now over to Sonny Spells for the weather,” commented another.
Many praised the Beeb for sending the perfect reporter for this situation.
One wrote: “Well played @BBCBreakfast. Sending Phil McCann to cover the petrol panic buying. Genius level choice of reporter!”
Another joked: Can you imagine the scenes at the office: “Who shall we send out for this one then?” “Can’t believe you’re even asking, tbh..” “Come again” “Phil” “Phil, who?” “Phil McCann” “This is a national crisis, not the knock-knock joke championships” “No Boss. His name is..” OHH.”
Luckily, Mr McCann seemed to take his newfound fame well, as he tweeted: “It’s like being back in year 9! #nominativedeterminism.”
The president of the AA says panic-buying rather than supply chain issues is driving the shortage of fuel at some petrol stations.
Edmund King said the problem should pass in a matter of days if drivers just stick to filling up when they need it, adding “there is plenty of fuel at source”.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr King said shortage of lorry drivers had only been a “localised problem” earlier in the week.
His words come ahead of an expected announcement by the Government that visa rules for foreign lorry drivers will be relaxed.
“We were in discussions with Government ministers last night and we talked to the major fuel companies, and we can reiterate there is not a problem with supply at the source,” Mr King said.
“Earlier in the week, there were some problems with the supply chain, as we know, due to a shortage of some lorry drivers, but that was only a localised problem.”
Mr King said the shortage had been exacerbated by “people going out and filling up when they really don’t need to”.