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Dash to save the news: BBC presenters granted police escort to bring viewers the six-o-clock news

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 2018-10-11 Sophie Williams
Fiona Bruce et al. standing in front of a car © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited

BBC news presenters including Fiona Bruce were forced to make a mad dash across London in taxis in order to make it in time for the six o’clock news.

The BBC's news programme had been hit with a technical glitch that put a halt to their live news coverage.

Mark Easton, Home editor of BBC news, shared an image of Fiona Bruce and the editor of BBC News at six in a taxi.

After getting stuck in traffic due to a women's pensions demonstration in Westminster, police officers escorted the team to ensure they made it to Millbank tower on time.

At least a thousand women were protesting outside parliament over the change in state pension age.

The BBC has confirmed that they have had technical problems at their headquarters and will be broadcasting the programme from their studio in Millbank.

Their studio in Millbank is unaffected by the technical glitch which has affected OpenMedia, a new computer system which has been rolled out across BBC News outlets over the past six months.

Earlier in the day (Thursday), at around 3pm, the broadcaster was forced to run recorded programming on its live news channels.

A spokesperson for the BBC told the Standard: "We’ve had technical problems at our HQ this afternoon and will be broadcasting the BBC News At Six from our Millbank studio. Engineers are working hard to resolve the issue fully."

The BBC website remains unaffected by the glitch.

Other BBC staff waded in to Mark Easton's twitter updates by telling him that perhaps the tube might have been quicker.

Daniel Sandford said: "The tube or 88 bus would have been better."

While Mark Urban wrote: "you OK hun?"


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