BBC journalist apologises after he's caught yawning live on air

BBC journalist Ben Brown has apologised after he was hilariously caught yawning during today’s BBC News programme.

The tired 60-year-old broadcaster took the opportunity to let out a huge yawn as a news item on bagpipes played, however, his timings were a little off.

As a result, Ben, who was sunk back in his chair, still had his mouth wide open as the show returned to him in the studio – and he was a little flustered when he realised his mistake.

Ben said sorry on Twitter shortly after the mishap, writing: ‘Apologies for this dear viewers – I was at the end of a long shift after a 5am start when the director cut to me by mistake. The perils of live TV!’

Viewers were in hysterics over the scenes, with many saying Ben had ‘summed up 2020 just perfectly’ and that it offered some much-needed light relief.

‘You’ve brightened everyone’s day with that clip!’ wrote one.

Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘You will have made lots of people giggle and we all need that right now!’

A third wrote: ‘Crying with laughter. You’ve cheered up my self-isolation no end!’

Ben’s yawn is a whole mood, especially given the lockdown restrictions that were announced on Saturday.

Boris Johnson revealed tier four rules for London and large areas of the South East, effectively cancelling Christmas for millions of people.

Besides the capital, people living in Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey (excluding Waverley), Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings in the South East of England and in Bedford, Central Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring) in the East – will face the new restrictions. 

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