BBC newsreader Lukwesa Burak breaks silence after awkward on-air blunder

BBC newsreader Lukwesa Burak breaks silence after awkward on-air blunder

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BBC news reporter Lukwesa Burak has broken her silence after leaving viewers in hysterics with a major on-air blunder.

On Thursday, shortly after presenting a morning news segment, Burak, 49, realised she was still live on air, having thought the broadcast was over.

The long seconds that followed were painfully awkward, as she had to ponder on her mistake in silence.

This is BBC News,’ she ended her report with, and the BBC News title credits started rolling.

But moments after the clip cut to a scene involving bagpipes, which was then shown only to international viewers it seems, the camera was back on Burak, and she had no idea.

‘Okay!’ she breathed out, stretching her arms up, before her jaw dropped and she looked straight back down with a sombre expression.

Lukwesa Burak

Trying to recover after painfully slow seconds in which thousands of viewers were left watching the reporter staring down at the papers on her desk,
Burak moved on: ‘One of our top stories here on the programme…’

Quickly trying to cover up the moment, she continued looking at the desk in front of her, but the clip worked its way through to social media, leaving viewers pretty entertained.


Here to serve. X

After many praised her professionalism covering up the gaffe, Burak wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank you folks: Colleagues – present & former, and all you wonderful viewers. X.’

As one person wrote ‘You made my morning,’ Burak replied: ‘Here to serve. X.’

She elsewhere replied in the comments with gifs and emoticons, as one fan wrote: ‘Now I don’t begrudge a penny of the licence fee.’

‘Don’t worry, don’t think anyone saw…’ the official Specsavers account joked.

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