BBC Radio 4 switches to emergency audio following fire alarm

Martha Kearney and Nick Robinson left the BBC Radio 4 studio on Monday morning following a fire alarm going off during Today at New Broadcasting House in London.

A minute of silence aired at 7.39am followed by the back-up audio playing for almost 15 minutes.

The emergency tape started with a promo followed by a message by an announcer to explain what was happening: “This is BBC Radio 4. We’re having some problems which are preventing us from continuing with our schedule programmes smoothly – many apologies for the disruption but rest assured we are doing our best to restore normal service as soon as possible.”

The pre-recorded audio faded out at 7.53am with Martha announcing: “Nick and I are back in the studio slightly breathless but we didn’t run up the stairs at least,” before Nick confirmed there wasn’t actually an emergency and everything is OK.

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2021 at 12:20 pm by Roy Martin

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