Sex noises interrupt BBC coverage of World Indoor Bowls Championship

BBC Bowls screengrab
BBC Bowls screengrab

A sex noise prank was broadcast on the BBC as the World Indoor Bowls Championship was targeted on Saturday.

Harry Goodwin’s match against Stewart Anderson in the first singles semi-final was interrupted by pornographic sounds over the loudspeakers. BBC commentary made reference to a ‘sound issue’ while the crowd in Great Yarmouth laughed.

It is not the first time the BBC has unwittingly broadcast pornographic noises.

It launched an investigation in January last year after Match of the Day Live was sabotaged as Gary Lineker introduced Liverpool’s live clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup.

Lineker was heading into a live interview with pundit Alan Shearer when he was drowned out by the X-rated soundtrack in the opening segment of the live broadcast, causing shock in the Molineux studio with Paul Ince and Danny Murphy sat alongside the MOTD presenter.

BBC executives desperately pleaded with Lineker to apologise amid a tense studio standoff over the prank.

Insiders told Telegraph Sport the long-serving anchor refused three times to say sorry as the mystery moans prompted panic among senior corporation management.

The BBC later released a statement apologising, but former England captain Lineker told Newsnight he could not understand why it had done so.

“I have to say I think it’s funny,” he told Kirsty Wark as she interviewed him about the prank. “I know the BBC have issued some sort of apology. I know not why. We’ve certainly got nothing to apologise for.”

YouTube prankster ‘Jarvo’, who is known for interrupting sporting events – most recently the live Uefa Euro 2024 draw last December – by running on to the pitch, later claimed credit for the prank.

Pitch invader, YouTuber Daniel Jarvis, known as 'Jarvo 69' pretends to bowl as he delays play on the second day of the fourth cricket Test match between England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London on September 3, 2021
'Jarvo' is no stranger to pranks - Getty Images/Daniel-Leal-Olivas

A BBC spokesperson said: “We apologise to any viewers offended during the live coverage of the football this evening. We are investigating how this happened.”

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