TV Presenter Caught Off Guard Live On Air and People Can't Stop Laughing | “Quite the Surreal Minute on the BBC"
A good stretch is all you need when exhausted during work. BBC presenter Lukwesa Burak too felt the need to ease up but her timing was wrong because her "candid moment" was caught during a live stream. The hilarious blooper happened on May 4, 2023 while Burak was hosting BBC News' lunchtime program.
The presenter had just finished a news report on vigils being held for the nine victims of the Belgrade school shooting. "And that was Bethany Bell in Belgrade there. Around the world and across the UK, this is BBC News," she told viewers. The cameras were supposed to play a pre-recorded segment involving bagpipes. However, the feed unexpectedly cut back to her while her hands were still up. An unintentional relaxing stretch while exclaiming "Okay" became national news. Burak instantly spotted that she was back on camera and her eyes turned wide in horror.
Is stretching frowned upon at the bbc?— Michael (@riprap1) May 5, 2023
She quickly dropped her hands and tried to gain her composure while her face turned cherry red. LOL. Burak attempted to normalize the funny blunder and pretended to look down at her notes. She kept her eyes hooked to her desk and continued to sit like that for quite a while, visibly embarrassed.
After 30 seconds or so, she patiently waited for her cue to speak up. Following a period of long awkward silence, she regained her composure. She continued with her top stories, saying, "One of our top stories here on the program and we've been monitoring a visit." The video went viral and was tweeted by TV critic Scott Bryan, a BBC contributor on Radio 5 Live's Must Watch podcast. He captioned his tweet: "Quite the surreal minute on the BBC News Channel just now." His tweet has garnered 8.8 million views.
Wonderful! You were funny at school too!!— matthew cane (@matt0770) May 4, 2023
May 4, 2023
Bryan frequently shares funny moments in television broadcasts on his Twitter handle. He added, "Clearly the opt-out for UK viewers as international viewers had an ad break didn't work. Nice bagpipes though," per Daily Mail.
But, but, but - very clean and well kempt armpits, Lukwesa. Could have been a tad awks if, well..... pic.twitter.com/inpzma2tpF— Gareth Cheeseman - WOKE Blob CEO (@CBaastard) May 4, 2023
An "opt-out" is where one set of viewers will see something different from another because a version they are being shown is no longer broadcasting from the central 'feed.' Apart from Bryan, BBC broadcaster Victoria Valentine also tweeted.
Quite the surreal minute on the BBC News Channel just now. pic.twitter.com/LOmjnb5jbc— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) May 4, 2023
"There but by the grace of God goes every presenter of live broadcast in the history of news. Also, can we take a moment of appreciation for the wonder that is @LukwesaBurak?" Indeed she is. Phillip Hodson, a British author, commented, "Reminds me of the time I misread the studio clock & ended the program 10 minutes early. It's quite tricky saying 'And another thing…'. Well done to her." @lyndonfarnham wrote, "Brilliant, we are all human after all."
Thank you folks: Colleagues - present & former, and all you wonderful viewers. X https://t.co/6LzyVCXXqe— Lukwesa Burak (@LukwesaBurak) May 4, 2023
Burak herself then re-tweeted, "Thank you folks: Colleagues - present & former, and all you wonderful viewers." Her few words said it all and her fleeting fun moment on camera would be remembered for years.