While the majority of office jobs are fairly mundane from day to day, being a newscaster sounds like it would be tons of fun. You get to cover a number of stories from all over your region, and offer your take on what’s going on in the world at the moment.
However, there can be periods of slow news, and when that happens, anchors can be forced to report on fluff pieces that perhaps wouldn’t be covered at other periods in the year.
On the BBC earlier this week, presenter Simon McCoy found himself talking about a segment involving surfing dogs. Needless to say, it wasn’t quite his cup of tea, but he was on air, and he knew that he’d have to do his job, regardless of the content.
What followed was an extraordinary display of the endless potential of human apathy. McCoy performed his duties, sure, but the BBC cameras were on hand to watch this newscaster die from the inside out.
No matter what your profession is and whether or not you’re in your dream job, there are some days where you don’t feel quite up to the task of going work. Maybe you had a rough night’s sleep, maybe you’re dealing with issues outside of your office or perhaps you’re just not at your best, but we can’t work at 100 per cent capacity, 100 percent of the time. Some people are quite skilled at that. Some, not so much.
It’s not clear why Simon McCoy didn’t feel up for reporting on BBC News earlier this week, but what is clear is his complete and utter disdain for the journalistic material being placed before him.
He introduced the story with all the enthusiasm of a man queueing up at the post office to mail an alimony cheque, and the only thing better than his stone-faced demeanour was his exhausted recitation of the terrible dog puns, as well as his introduction to the footage: “here are the pictures”.
For anyone slaving away in an asinine job they hate, McCoy’s palpable disdain for the story resonated online, and on Twitter, several people took massive delight in seeing McCoy visibly phoning it in.
If you’re an avid watcher of BBC News over the years, then you might have noticed this isn’t the first time that Simon McCoy has found himself reporting on stories that didn’t quite stoke the fires of his enthusiasm.
Ahead of the birth of Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, McCoy found himself wishing that the Duchess wouldn’t be in labour for too long.
Let’s not forget the time he appeared on air with a ream of A4 paper instead of the tablet he was ostensibly using to report the news.
Every job is hard, and once you’ve been working at a place for a while, it can be hard to muster up the same enthusiasm day after day. On BBC News Simon McCoy has had his fair share of eagerness droughts, and let’s hope that the next segment will be enough to bring the joy back to his heart and bring his soul back to life.