Viewers Concerned After Reporter Becomes Lost For Words Reporting On Royal Baby
Viewers of BBC News at Ten were left concerned after longtime royal reporter Nicholas Witchell lost his train of thought mid-live broadcast and was forced to hand back to producers in the studio.
The 65-year-old was all of us who have a bad day at work when he was called to report live from Windsor Castle where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby had been born earlier that day.
Beginning his report during the 10pm news segment - no doubt after a long day of royal reporting - Nicholas started well, explaining the events of the day before appearing to become lost for words.
"Now what of their son, baby Sussex? No name for him so far. The first Anglo-American birth in the British royal family, uh, now we know, of course, that uh..."
"Excuse me, just let me just collect my thoughts.
"The first Anglo-American birth in the British Royal Family, and it is... it is certain, of course...
"I'm so sorry, let me just once again, uh, hand back to you, Ben."
At this point, news anchor Ben Brown was left to finish the broadcast back in the BBC studio. Later, Nicholas' name began trending on Twitter with viewers expressing concern for the broadcaster.
Imagine being #NicholasWitchell. Standing in the dark, on a Bank Holiday, in your sixties, outside Buckingham Palace, to report that two people have had a baby. But not where you are, stood in the cold. Somewhere else. No one quite knows. No wonder he lost his train of thought.
- Peter (@Capt_Darling) 6 May 2019
I hope #NicholasWitchell is okay. He sounded a bit confused there. @BBCNews
- MelR (@MNTRND) 6 May 2019
Is Nicholas Witchell OK? That was unusual of him. A great reporter, hoping he's OK.#RoyalBaby #RoyalBabyBoy
- David (@davidandrewt) 6 May 2019
What just happened to Nicholas Witchell? Great reporter. Something must have been distracting him.
- Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) 6 May 2019
Just seen Nicholas Witchell on a live BBC news broadcast,he had to pass back to the studio,one of the most experienced presenters so it wasn't nerves etc, before he gets panned online can everyone at least wait until he is confirmed ok, he deserves that
- Paul McGlynn (@paulmc13) 6 May 2019
Since, BBC News at Ten editor, Paul Royall, has confirmed that Nicholas is fine and that it's all part of live broadcasting.
He said: "For those asking about Nick Witchell - he's absolutely fine. Highly unusually for Nick he lost his train of thought on the #BBCNewsTen and decided to hand back to the studio.
For those asking about Nick Witchell - he's absolutely fine. Highly unusually for Nick he lost his train of thought on the #BBCNewsTen and decided to hand back to the studio. This can happen sometimes even to the most experienced and respected in busy live news broadcasting.
- Paul Royall (@paulroyall) 6 May 2019
"This can happen sometimes even to the most experienced and respected in busy live news broadcasting."
So, it looks like news reporters can have off days - just like the rest of us!
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