Dirty picture: Sex clip plays in background during news show
London: It came like a bolt from the blue to a large number of television audience when a sex scene appeared in the background during a news debate.
Interestingly, no one in the newsroom realised the blunder until they watched the footage.
A naked blonde woman was seen on a studio TV screen as Ed Miliband's leadership of the Labour Party was debated on Scotland. The raunchy clip was believed thought to have been from an episode of Channel 4 drama Shameless. The image appeared on screen for a few seconds as host John MacKay questioned political blogger Dan Hodges.
Hodges was in ITN's London studio, when the naked woman appeared on the screen behind him on January 20, reports said.
Later, the broadcaster was forced to apologise for the mistake after viewer Paul Traynor made a formal complaint.
A spokesman for STV said the channel hopes viewers weren't too distracted by the unexpected and incidental content on the show.
Two years ago, BBC Scotland newsreader Catriona Shearer was caught on camera fumbling around with a hand inside her dress and fiddling with a microphone while on air. She apparently did not realise she was live as she wrested with the device in November 2009.