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BBC Suspends All Regular Programming Until At Least 6pm To Provide Coverage On Queen Elizabeth II’s Health

  • Regular programming ‘interrupted’ to tell viewers that ‘doctors are concerned’ about Her Majesty’s health following a statement from Buckingham Palace

BBC One today suspended all regular programming until 6pm in light of the news about Her Majesty’s health.  

Bargain Hunt was taken off air to inform viewers that doctors were ‘concerned’ about Her Majesty’s health, following a statement from Buckingham Palace on Thursday afternoon.

The BBC One afternoon schedule has now been moved to BBC Two. 

The popular daytime programme, in which two teams are given £300 to hunt for the best bargains to sell at auction, was halted just before 12.40pm on Thursday. 

Twenty minutes before the 1 o’clock news was due to begin, viewers were watching as one of the Bargain Hunt presenters held an umbrella above his head and joked about ‘the rain and the damp’, before it suddenly changed to a black screen.

BBC News presenter Joanna Gosling then appeared to break the news. 

Huw Edwards (pictured) was seen wearing a black tie as he presented live coverage on Thursday afternoon

Huw Edwards (pictured) was seen wearing a black tie as he presented live coverage on Thursday afternoon

She said: ‘Welcome to viewers on BBC One. We have had news from Buckingham Palace that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral.

‘Doctors have become concerned for her health and, she is now under the supervision of doctors.

‘It is understood she is comfortable and immediate family members have been informed.’ 

Following this, BBC News presenter Huw Edwards was seen wearing a black tie as he presented the live coverage on Thursday afternoon.  

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace said in a statement: ‘Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

‘The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.’ 

When asked about the sudden switch from Bargain Hunt, the BBC said: ‘We have no comment on this.’

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