Tom Donkin of BBC World News hand-delivered an awkward moment or three on live TV news.
The newsreader was all set to present the 2 am bulletin, specifically a report on Hurricane Irma on Saturday – or so he thought. Following the opening credits, Donkin was seen sprinting across the studio and going off camera. This was then followed by 12 agonising seconds of studio silence while Donkin remained off camera.
Eventually, the presenter walked back and confidently took position, set to start the report, when he realised he was still in front of the wrong camera. He finally walked to the actual spot with a look of sheer horror on his face, but quickly recovered and confidently began the report.
He may have found reassurance in the fact that it was a late-night bulletin in the UK, which wouldn’t attract many viewers. However, since it was BBC World News, the bulletin was broadcast to American audiences at prime time, 9 pm. And, unluckily for him, Andrew Roberts recorded the clip on his phone and posted it on Twitter.
Roberts, however, also tweeted an apology to Donkin.
The presenter turned out to have a sense of humour too.