BBC News disrupted by software glitch

Lewis Collier
October 11, 2018

A spokesperson for the BBC said: "Due to a technical issue we're now running recorded programming on our live news channels".

But the newsreader found traffic at a standstill so persuaded a police officer to get her to the other studio with minutes to spare.

And Bruce told the Press Association: "I've never had to do that before in 19 years of presenting the news".

News home editor Mark Easton had tweeted pictures of the frantic journey.

It forced Mr Easton and Ms Bruce to grab a taxi to a back-up studio in Millbank. Studio at BH gone down! Traffic terrible. Aagghhh!' Mr Easton wrote on Twitter at 5.20pm alongside a picture taken inside the vehicle.

"Now in a police vehicle being escorted through the demo. BBC News is at stake!"

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The BBC website was unaffected by the issue.

Buzzfeed news shared a copy of the internal memo, which said: "Breaking: BBC News".

The BBC News channel has played repeats of old news after a technical issue meant that the service went down for an hour.

BBC News has faced problems with the introduction of new technology in the past, including robot-operated cameras that refused to stay centred on presenters.

After showing recorded news since at least an hour, the channel returned to broadcasting live from around 4pm.

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