BBC Breakfast Disappears Off Air In The Middle Of Live Broadcast After On-Set Incident

Viewers were left rather confused when the regular broadcast was interrupted.

BBC Breakfast was briefly pulled off air during Friday’s live broadcast due to an incident on set.

During the live show, viewers were left confused when a segment about the 20th anniversary of Concorde’s final voyage was suddenly interrupted by footage from BBC News.

“Where have you gone? We have BBC News?” one wrote on X (formerly Twitter), while another asked: “What’s happened? There was a thing about Concorde and now we’re just getting BBC News channel?”

“Has anyone else’s BBC Breakfast just switched to BBC News?” someone else asked.

Meanwhile, several BBC radio stations also switched their output, including Radio 5 Live, which media reporter Scott Bryan noted “had to go on its backup tape of news jingles and music.”

Fortunately, within a few minutes, regular programming resumed, with Naga Munchetty reassuring viewers that everything was back to normal after a small evacuation of the BBC building in Salford.

“You’re returning to BBC Breakfast. Apologies, we had an evacuation in the building, but we are back now, with you to keep you up to date with the latest in the news,” she explained.

Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty in the BBC Breakfast studio
Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty in the BBC Breakfast studio

A BBC spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “The programme was briefly off air this morning due to an evacuation at Quay House. BBC Breakfast switched to the BBC News Channel before resuming programming.”

This is far from the first time the BBC Breakfast team have had to think on their feet live on air, though.

Earlier this year, correspondent Nina Warhurst had to contend with a protester interrupting an on-location segment, while the show was previously forced off air in 2022 due to a fire alarm incident.

BBC Breakfast airs every Monday through Saturday from 6am on BBC One.


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