Cape Town – Technical problems at the Beep left the BBC News channel out of news and viewers looking at the stoic BBC news anchor Huw Edwards who literally sat in silence for over 4 minutes behind the anchor desk in London.
Besides the BBC World News (DStv 400 / StarSat 256) channel seen in South Africa and worldwide, the BBC also runs the domestic BBC News 24-hour TV news channel that experienced problems on Tuesday night, creating an epic "silent movie" blooper for the ages.
At 22:00 on Tuesday night, viewers watched in silence as Huw Edwards simply sat in silence and proved why the British are renowned for their "Keep Calm and Carry On".
After four minutes the BBC managed to sort out the technical problems and Huw Edwards calmy said sorry to viewers and apologised for "a few technical problems".
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Later during a radio interview he said that "it has never happened before. No matter how experienced you are, and I have been presenting for 25 years, it is a very unusual set of circumstances".
The BBC said its system crashed and the BBC had to switch to a back-up system.