BBC reporter Phil McCann goes viral while covering fuel shortages at petrol station – Daily Record

The fuel crisis is the story at the forefront of many news organisations’ agenda today.

However the BBC have gone about it in a comedic fashion, sending correspondent Phil McCann to cover the story.

The political reporter went live on BBC Breakfast this morning at 7am outside a petrol station – and just minutes later he was trending on Twitter.

The journalist in question, of course, has a rather apt name for a somebody covering the fuel crisis story, especially as the past few days have seen panicked motorists filling up their cans at stations across the country, reports Devon Live.

In classic Twitter fashion, Phil is now a viral celebrity – with thousands of users retweeting a screen grab from this morning’s broadcast with his name plastered across the screen. We all know Twitter loves a good pun.

Phil took to social media himself to acknowledge his new-found fame, adding ‘it’s like being back in Year 9’, with people pointing out his punny name.

Phil joked that there ‘are worse reasons to be trending on Twitter’ as he shared a screenshot of his name in the Twitter ‘Trending’ section.

ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly even joined in on the fun this morning, retweeting a comparison which asked people who had done it better: Phil McCann or police officer PC Rob Banks.

It comes as Esso, BP and Tesco forecourts have been affected by challenges getting petrol deliveries this week.

BP said that around 20 of its 1,200 petrol forecourts were closed due to a lack of available fuel, with between 50 and 100 sites affected by the loss of at least one grade of fuel.

A “small number” of Tesco refilling stations have also been impacted, said Esso owner ExxonMobil, which runs the sites.

And on Friday the EG Group, which has around 400 petrol stations in the UK, said it was imposing a £30 limit on customers “due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel”.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages.

“But like countries around the world we are suffering from a temporary Covid-related shortage of drivers needed to move supplies around the country.

“We’re looking at temporary measures to avoid any immediate problems, but any measures we introduce will be very strictly time-limited.

“We are moving to a high-wage, high-skilled economy and businesses will need to adapt with more investment in recruitment and training to provide long-term resilience.”

The Transport Secretary earlier tried to dissuade drivers from panic-buying petrol, although there have been chaotic scenes at petrol stations across the country.

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