BBC Newsreader Suffers 'Giggle Fit'
March 28, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
A BBC RADIO 4 news anchor's giggle fit during a report FRIDAY has swept the news media and generated a switchboard "meltdown" at the BBC.
CHARLOTTE GREEN lost her composure in a laughing spell while delivering her 8a report on the "TODAY" show, dissolving into helpless giggling during a story about the world's oldest recorded voice when a colleague apparently said over her headphones that it sounded like a bee in a bottle. She was unable to get things together for the next story, an obituary for screenwriter ABBY MANN, and colleague JAMES NAUGHTIE had to step in with a story about IRAQ before things returned to normal.
The BBC said that it received several calls and hundreds of e-mails about the incident, most asking for the network to replay the incident. The fit is a prominent story at BRITAIN's newspaper websites TODAY (3/28).