BBC Breakfast urged to ‘do better’ after embarrassing Sarah Harding error

Viewers were not happy

BBC Breakfast viewers slammed the show after an embarrassing blunder during a Sarah Harding tribute.

Today’s show (Monday, September 6) paid tribute to the Girls Aloud singer, who tragically died yesterday (September 5) aged 39 from breast cancer.

BBC Breakfast was slammed by viewers after getting Sarah Harding's name wrong onscreen
The show got Sarah’s name wrong (Credit: BBC)

BBC Breakfast gaffe during Sarah Harding tribute

On today’s show hosts Dan Walker and Louise Minchin paid tribute to Sarah.

They welcomed Sarah’s pal, Lizzie Cundy, onto the programme to share her memories.

Lizzie, 53, said that Sarah had: “A wonderful bright smile that you just gravitate to. Whatever it is she had, she had that X factor, that something special.”

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“[She had] just a beautiful kind heart. Beautiful inside and out.”

However, as Lizzie spoke viewers noticed a huge gaffe onscreen – the caption had got Sarah’s name wrong.

It read ‘Sarah Hardy’ instead of Sarah Harding.

How did viewers react to the gaffe?

It wasn’t long until viewers noticed the error and took to Twitter to admonish the BBC.

One wrote: “BBC Breakfast interview regarding the death of Sarah Harding put up a caption saying Sarah Hardy.

“So important to get those details right, especially when dealing with grief. Do better @BBCBreakfast.”

Another said: “@BBCBreakfast it’s Sarah Harding not Sarah Hardy !- attention to detail not good especially at this awfully sad time.”

A third fumed: “@BBCBreakfast who’s Sarah Hardy? [angry emoji]

“At least get her name right on the caption pretty lazy and disrespectful.”

Victoria Hervey pays tribute to Sarah Harding after the news about her death broke yesterday
Lady V praised her pal Sarah (Credit: BBC)

Who else paid tribute to Sarah on the show?

Earlier in the show, Lady Victoria Hervey paid tribute to her friend, and said “she was such a vibrant… full of energy, there was no one really like her”.

Read more: Sarah Harding dead: Girls Aloud stars Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts pay tribute

She added: “She was a unique person and full of life. Larger than life.”

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