BBC Breakfast viewers slam ‘disrespectful’ name error in Sarah Harding tribute

BBC Breakfast viewers have told the show to “do better” following an error over Sarah Harding’s name.

The Girls Aloud star passed away from cancer over the weekend, with tributes to the singer paid by her pal Lizzie Cundy live during today’s episode (September 6).

While Lizzie was paying her respects to her late friend via videocall, her image was accompanied by a strapline referring to the late Celebrity Big Brother winner as ‘Sarah Hardy’.

Viewers soon took to Twitter to slam the “disrespectful” spelling error and to encourage the BBC programme to “do better”.

One commented: “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.”



BBC Breakfast viewers have dubbed the programme ‘disrespectful’ after it made a spelling error during Lizzie Cundy’s Sarah Harding tribute

Another said: “At least get her name right on the caption. Pretty lazy and disrespectful.”

A third wrote: “Shocking from BBC Breakfast this morning interviewing Lizzie Cundy caption underneath said friend of Sarah Hardy utterly disrespectful hope her family wasn’t watching.”

Meanwhile, a fourth responded: “Shame on you BBC for the banner this morning on @BBCBreakfast quoting Sarah Hardy and not Harding!”

“If you’re going to do a sentimental piece of someone who has passed away, at least get the bloody name right on the banner,” another concluded.



BBC Breakfast viewers encouraged the show to 'do better' when reporting on the sad events of Sarah Harding's passing
BBC Breakfast viewers encouraged the show to ‘do better’ when reporting on the sad events of Sarah Harding’s passing

Undeterred by the error, Lizzie went on to give a fitting speech about her friend.

On Sarah, she said: “She had a wonderful brightness, bright smile that you just gravitate to.

“Whatever it is, she had it.”

Sarah’s death was confirmed by her mother Marie in an Instagram post on Sunday.

She has since been remembered by all four of her Girls Aloud bandmates, with Nicola Roberts dubbing Sarah an “electric girl”.



Sarah Harding passed away from cancer over the weekend at the age of 39
Sarah Harding passed away from cancer over the weekend at the age of 39

Sarah first revealed her cancer diagnosis in August last year.

She previously admitted that waiting to seek treatment during the coronavirus pandemic had seen the cancer spread from her breasts to her spine.

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