BBC radio stations in Salford evacuated
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BBC radio stations in Salford evacuated

The main BBC building in Salford Quays was evacuated this morning, interupting live programmes on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Manchester.

BBC Radio Manchester’s breakfast presenter Allan Beswick pondered for a couple of minutes, wondering what to do whilst talking over the audible studio fire alarm advising people to leave the building. Eventually, he left and non-stop music was played for around 10 minutes.

Downstairs in the same building, Quay House, Nicky Campbell left the building as producers played the back-up audio, advising listeners normal programmes are unavailable. Whilst outside he took the above photo for Twitter.

Instead, a pre-recorded interview between Richard Bacon and Karl Pilkington and Ricky Gervais played out.

5 live controller Jonathan Wall tweeted to say the station would be back on imminently. He then responded to tweets about the backup tape, saying “ricky gervais seems to have been a big hit! Rarely has the emergency tape prompted so much conversation.”

When asked how often the back-up audio is changed, Jonathan said every few weeks.

BBC Breakfast television was also evacuated, with the service switching to BBC World.

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Thanks to Jem Stone for compiling this Storify on the event!

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