BBC bosses order correspondent Emma Vardy to take down spoof sex scene of her and her boyfriend posted to raise money for the NHS
- The BBC’s Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy appeared in a spoof sex scene
- She was part of a parody to raise money for the NHS amid the coronavirus
- However, bosses weren’t impressed with the clip and her scene was edited out
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A clip of a BBC correspondent appearing in a spoof sex scene to raise money for the NHS has been removed after bosses branded it inappropriate.
BBC Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy filmed the clip with her boyfriend Aaron Adams as part of a parody of Queen classic I Want to Break Free.
The sex scene was one of the segments in a video made by Mr Adams and friends from an amateur football team to raise money for NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 appeal.
But the skit didn’t go down well inside the BBC – as the top brass failed to see the funny side and sent out an email to newsrooms reminding employees about social media use and editorial guidelines.
Emma Vardy is the BBC’s Ireland, 39, is the BBC’s Ireland correspondent
The finished film was posted on Mr Adams’ Twitter profile and the club’s Facebook page, with the message: ‘So here it is. Four weeks of lockdown… no football… and this is what happens.’
However, anger from BBC bosses saw hasty edits made to the clip.
The raunchy scene involving Ms Vardy, an award winning journalist, was edited out of the fundraising video with a new version subsequently shared on social media instead.
BBC Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy appeared in a spoof sex clip with her boyfriend
The sex scene was one of the segments in a video from an amateur football team to raise money for NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 appeal
She didn’t appear in the new version.
The video makers set a target of raising £500 for NHS front line workers, and as of 5pm on Monday, April 27 they had £300 pledged despite having to tone it down and removed Ms Vardy.
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘This was intended to be light-hearted, but Emma accepts it was inappropriate and has removed the clip.’
Ms Vardy is a respected journalist, known for tackling politicians linked to the New Irish Republican Army (IRA).
She is originally from Southampton and joined the BBC in 2006, originally as a sports reporter for BBC Cornwall.
Ms Vardy later went on to become a Home Affairs Correspondent for BBC South before joining the BBC Daily Politics Programme in March 2017.
Ms Vardy, who has held her current role as the BBC News’ Ireland Correspondent since March 2018, has previously won the Political Studies Association Journalist of the Year and has won a prestigious Royal Television Award (RTA).
Her verified Twitter account has more than 30,000 followers.
According to his locked Twitter profile, @Mr_Bumcheeks, boyfriend Mr Adams lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.