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Ros Atkins caught on the mic getting a ‘p*ssy message’ from Adam Fleming about an R4 podcast debate

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Does it get hot at the Beeb? Ros Atkins gets caught on hot mic and says he got ‘p*ssy message’ from colleague Adam Fleming over podcast debate on Radio 4

  • Atkins was accidentally caught on the microphone while recording R4’s The Media Show
  • He told the producers Fleming wasn’t happy he wasn’t invited to appear
  • “I just got an ap*ssy message from Adam Fleming: ‘Are you doing a news podcast show without us?'” Atkins told his producers.

Ros Atkins was caught on a hot microphone and said he received a “p*ssy message” from a fellow BBC host about a podcast debate on Radio 4.

Atkins, 47, hosted a news podcast talk on The Media Show yesterday, inviting former colleagues Jon Sopel and Dino Sofos on the show to discuss The News Agents, the new daily program they’ve launched at rival broadcaster Global.

In a candid moment not intended for broadcast, Atkins was caught on a “hot mike” saying that Adam Fleming, who hosts the BBC podcast Newscast, wasn’t happy he wasn’t invited to appear.

Ros Atkins was accidentally caught on microphone saying he received a ‘p*ssy message’ from fellow BBC presenter Adam Fleming (pictured) about a podcast debate on Radio 4

“I just got an ap*ssy message from Adam Fleming: ‘Are you doing a news podcast show without us?’ Atkins told his producers.

The unguarded comment then sparked a conversation about how the BBC’s press service was approached to nominate someone for The Media Show.

The clip, which caught Atkins’ misstep, was uploaded to BBC Sounds at the end of the Radio 4 show, but was quickly edited by the producers.

After Atkins told his colleagues about the message from 42-year-old Fleming, a male producer was heard to respond: ‘Well, we’ve invited the BBC. They had the chance.’

Atkins, 47, (pictured) hosted a news podcast talk on The Media Show yesterday and invited his former colleagues Jon Sopel and Dino Sofos to discuss The News Agents

Atkins, 47, (pictured) hosted a news podcast talk on The Media Show yesterday and invited his former colleagues Jon Sopel and Dino Sofos to discuss The News Agents

“Not quite,” Atkins replied.

“They could have seized the opportunity if they had an idea,” the producer replied.

A female producer then said, ‘Oh, you mean the press service could have had. . . It would, I mean, it would have been awkward.’

The clip, while largely innocuous, offers a window into the BBC’s concerns about increased commercial competition in news podcasting.

Sofos launched Newscast and Americast for the BBC, originally as Brexitcast, but left to start his own production company, helping to lure Sopel and Emily Maitlis, the former presenters of Americast, away from the company.

Newscast and Americast are two of the company’s most popular shows, and Fleming has hosted the former for years.

Atkins has become one of the BBC’s most prominent presenters for presenting viral explainer videos about the Downing Street parties, among other things.

He was recently appointed analysis editor of BBC News.

A friend of Fleming said his message was intended to be “courteous” rather than “p*ssy.”

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

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