Intruders gain access to BBC studio during live broadcast

Tom Batchelor
Saturday 04 March 2017 02:38
Television screens at the BBC headquarters at New Broadcasting House
Television screens at the BBC headquarters at New Broadcasting House

The BBC is investigating after five people gained access to a studio during a live television broadcast.

The incident, at Broadcasting House in central London, happened at around 7.30pm on Friday.

The corporation said the unidentified group entered the studio where the BBC News channel was filming but they did not disrupt the broadcast.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We take security very seriously and are urgently investigating how several individuals were able to gain access to a studio.

"No one was hurt and there was no interruption to broadcasts.

"We have already taken further security measures and will take any other necessary steps."

The intruders left “of their own accord”, a report on the BBC News website said.

The last reported intrusion into a BBC studio was in 1999 when a 20-year-old unemployed man broke into the corporation's newsroom.

He reportedly jumped over the turnstiles at the former BBC headquarters in Television Centre, west London, before threatening to kill members of staff.

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