Moment BBC Breakfast forced off air after alarm rings out
BBC Breakfast was abruptly forced off-air when an alarm went off in the studio this morning (26 March).
Presenters Roger Johnson and Rachel Burden were in the middle of interviewing Apprentice winner Harpreet Kaur when the alarm suddenly rang out in the Salford studio.
The loud sound was audible for viewers and began as generic ringing then turned into an automated voice saying: "Attention, attention. Please evacuate the building by the nearest available exit. Do use the lift."
Johnson and Burden apologised for the interruption, and Burden told viewers: "Ahh so we’ve been disturbed by an alarm which may mean that we have to slow things down for a moment."
Viewers took to Twitter to comment on the unexpected turn of the events on the show - with many hoping everyone was OK, but also hoping that they managed to take some of the delicious-looking cakes set out on the table with them as they got evacuated.
BBC news just now, alarm goes off in studio and announcement to evacuate made. \nMy wife now repeatedly shouting \u201cTake the cake !\u201d At the screen.\nPriorities !pic.twitter.com/DNBQPwBORM
— Tom Duncan, ...the getting on for Ancient Mariner (@Tom Duncan, ...the getting on for Ancient Mariner)
Bit of an abrupt end to @BBCBreakfast due to a fire alarm.pic.twitter.com/WPPuHQfu6p
#BBCBreakfast acting like all of us when the fire alarm goes off in the office...just sit there hoping it goes off as you really can't be arsed to go and stand with all your colleagues in the car park whilst some power hungry tabard wearing man tries to count everyone
Despite the interruption, the alarm seems to not have affected the programme's schedule as Saturday Kitchen Live went ahead as normal as a result of the programme coming from a different set of studios, BelfastLive reported.
Glad to hear it was just a false alarm.
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