There was an awkward blunder on BBC Breakfast this morning when footage of Huw Edwards was accidentally broadcast.
An old episode of Newswatch from 2017 aired in place of the flagship morning show. The footage was pulled three minutes after the footage of Edwards appeared.
The BBC presenter is currently suspended from the corporation after being named as the star accused of paying a teenager for explicit images. His last live television broadcast was on BBC News on July 5.
But Edwards was seen on BBC One this morning, reporting on Hurricane Maria back in 2017. The clip then cut back to presenter Ben Thompson in the Breakfast studio, who awkwardly apoligised for the blunder, reports The Mirror.
Thompson said: “So you might have noticed, the eagle eyed viewers amongst you, that that was quite an old episode of Newswatch so we will find the right one and make sure we can bring that to you a little later. So apologies, a few technical gremlins at this end.”
The mistake was not missed by fans of the show at home with many taking to social media to share their confusion. “OK, who put that old edition of Newswatch on? Was it deliberate….??? Anyway, thanks #BBC for one of the great cock-ups,” joked one fan on X, formerly known as a Twitter.
Another commented: “Oh god how awkward – cut it off just as Huw came on.” While a third teased: “BBC loves a repeat, doesn’t it!”
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An internal investigation over suspended News at Ten presenter Edwards is currently underway at the BBC.
Director General Tim Davie said the corporation is conducting a fact-finding mission looking at claims against its best-known newsreader, after two police forces concluded Edwards had no criminal case to answer.
Speaking at a House of Lords communications committee in July, Davie said: “This has been a difficult affair where we have tried to calmly and reasonably navigate some difficult concerns around the allegations themselves, duty of care, privacy and legitimate public interest.”