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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.


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.

"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!

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment, BBC, TV Entertainment, Royal

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

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