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23 December 2014

WATCH: BBC reporter gets high during a report on burning opium

"Don't inhale."

By Media Mole

BBC’s Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville has released a clip filmed four years ago of him being too high to complete a news report. It has never been aired until now. He was reporting on a pile of burning heroin, opium and hash, so you can’t really blame him for corpsing.

Here’s the clip:

All this mole can say is the BBC’s gone to pot.

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