Nicholas Witchell BBC News Credit: BBC
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Viewers concerned for BBC News’s Nicholas Witchell as he appears confused live on air

He had to hand back to the studio

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Experienced BBC News presenter Nicholas Witchell lost his words and had to hand back to the studio during Monday night’s (May 6) live BBC News at 10 broadcast and viewers were worried for him and his health.

Nicholas is the Beeb’s Royal Correspondent and was reporting live from Buckingham Palace on the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child.

Nicholas Witchell Credit: BBC
Nicholas is the BBC’s Royal Correspondent (Credit: BBC)

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As he began his sentence saying that it was the “first Anglo-American birth in the British royal family”, he began to stutter.

“Excuse me, let me just collect my thoughts,” he said, before repeating: “It’s the first Anglo-American birth in the British royal family…”

He then stumbled over his words again and, looking down, said: “I’m so sorry, let me just once again… hand back to you, Ben.”

Nicholas Witchell BBC News Credit: BBC
Nicholas was lost for words (Credit: BBC)

His colleague in the studio, Ben Brown said: “All right Nick, thank you very much indeed,” before moving straight on to another news item.

Viewers at home were clearly worried about Nicholas, with some suggesting he see a doctor.

Nicholas’s BBC colleagues were quick to defend what happened and Paul Royall, the editor of BBC News at Six and Ten, assured everyone Nick was fine, insisting it can happen to even the most experienced professionals.

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