Richard Bacon made an unexpected return to BBC Radio 5 live this morning as the emergency tape kicked in with one of his old interviews.
The station had yet another audible fire alarm sounding in the studio, which happened at a sensitive moment during an interview with “Sarah” who’d just explained that her son’s father wasn’t her partners, but her dads (his grandad), after she was abused as a child herself.
Presenter Sam Walker had to interrupt the interview, saying they were evacuating the building. Two minutes of 5 live theme music played followed by former presenter Richard Bacon interviewing the President of the Royal Society and Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute, Sir Paul Nurse.
10 minutes later the station returned to news and travel, before picking up on the pre-recorded interview.
The spokesman said: “A fire alarm and evacuation of Quay House at Media City led to BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Manchester being off air for around ten minutes.
“Pre-recorded content was aired on both stations. This was a false alarm and is being investigated.”
Mike Sweeney was on BBC Radio Manchester at the time from the same building – Quay House at MediaCityUK – and during two songs simply said: “I’ve got a bit of an issue here, I’ll be back with you as soon as I can”.