BBC presenter comes to the rescue as co-star faces live mishap

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A BBC presenter came to the rescue of his co-star after a technical glitch on air.

As we all know, the broadcaster is no stranger to gaffes, including the likes of newsreaders they’re not realising they’re still on air, and technical issues leaving the studio in darkness.

And the Look North studio has had its fair share of attention in particular, as the studio once turned into a ‘rave’, while broadcaster Peter Levy elsewhere asked viewers for a local feature: ‘How big is your hole?’

On Thursday, presenter Alasdair Gill faced a microphone problem, but was thankfully saved by his off-screen co-star.

He had been covering a BBC Sport report, but could barely be heard, with muffled sounds coming through.

As he realised, he turned around him and patted the sofa, saying: ‘I think I’ve lost my mic.’

Oops! (Picture: BBC)

Thankfully, his co-star was to the rescue (Picture: BBC)

Before he could find it though, from under the sofa’s padding, someone else said: ‘Borrow mine for a second.’

It was thought to be sports reporter Jeff Brown, who was branded a ‘hero’ by one viewer as the clip was shared online.

‘Having mic issues? Just use your co-presenters,’ TV critic Scott Bryan wrote, sharing the clip on X (formerly known as Twitter).

He added: ‘As with all things at Look North, no fuss or bother.’

After one reporter was left with a ‘Minnie Mouse’ voice on air last year, it’s clear a lost mic could have been a lot worse.

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During correspondent Shaimaa Khalil’s coverage of who would be hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2026, her voice soared in pitch, reaching an absurdly squeaky level.

Returning to the BBC studio from the live report in Melbourne, newsreader Mike Bushell apologised for the interruption to the broadcast.

‘Yeah, apologies for technical problems there. This is a developing story, we’ll have more on that throughout the morning on Breakfast,’ he stated.

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