'What about the Queen?': BBC journalist mocked for saying Jane Austen is first woman on bank notes

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A BBC reporter has been mocked for saying Jane Austen is the first woman to appear on English bank notes, forgetting about the Queen.

Business journalist Sean Farrington appeared to forget about the Queen’s presence on every note of English tender in a segment about the new £10 note on BBC Breakfast this morning. 

Mr Farrington said: “There has been a period of about four months where there were no women on any English bank notes.”

His comments referred to the old paper £5 note featuring Elizabeth Fry going out of circulation four months ago. 

The new ten pound note featuring Jane Austen went into circulation today (Getty Images)

But the Queen’s portrait has been on bank notes since 1960. 

Appalled viewers took to Twitter to vent their frustration.

One wrote: “Regarding the lack of women on money – has nobody spotted that EVERY note has a female on one side?”

Another added: “We went 4 months without a women on a bank note? Erm… does that mean the Queen is really a man!? Lol #shock”

One person called the journalist “stupid”:

18th century prison reformer and Christian philanthropist Elizabeth Fry was replaced by Winston Churchill on the new £5 note last year.

Jane Austen features on the new £10 note thanks to a hard-fought battle by journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, who was sent rape and death threats after she successfully campaigned to put the author on the notes. 

The new £10 note entered circulation today


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