BBC alarm: Radio listeners affected by alarm as ‘deafening silence’ hits stations

Listeners to radio programmes across the BBC were left baffled after an evacuation announcement left stations in complete silence.

On the Today Programme, following a pre-prepared broadcast about the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, listeners were met with “deafening silence”.

Just prior to the broadcast, an evacuation alarm could be heard in the background, although presenters initially tried to persevere.

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A spokesperson said: “I’m afraid we’re having some problems with continuing the programme as scheduled.

“Many apologies for the disruption but rest assured we’re doing everything we can to resume normal service as soon as possible.”

Presenters returned to the building at around 7.55am, informing listeners the emergency “wasn’t an emergency at all”.

“Normal service has been resumed,” Radio 4 presenters told audiences, just before the Thought of The Day.

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