It seems like embarrassing newsroom moments are eternal, as BBC News Anchor Huw Edwards sat doing nothing for four minutes. This was due to some unexplained technical issues that has yet to be explained, but it did cause awkward entertainment. Still, Edwards should be commended for not freaking out, since those must have been the longest four minutes for him.
According to the Huffington Post, the newscaster had to sit through logos and alert intros that repeated over and over. He could have easily lost his temper or walked out, so it’s good to see him remain professional throughout. Edwards won’t be getting an award for his patience, but it’s good seeing someone stay calm in an embarrassing situation.
Best Be Calm
Edwards is a veteran BBC News Anchor, but it’s doubtful that he was prepared for four minutes of nothing happening. Not helping was the fact that it was live, so the world saw him sit down and do nothing. Okay, it was a bit more than nothing, since he did fold his hands and twiddled his thumbs slightly.
He probably knew the problems going on, since he apologized for the technical difficulties that took place for four minutes. They were still awkward as all hell, but the moment should be immortalized by the netizens that saw it. At the least, we should get some fun memes that show how his calmness is better than freaking out.
News About News
Embarrassing news segments have been a favorite for YouTubers, so expect this to join the ranks of those videos. Admittedly, the four minutes were more cringey than funny, but like a car crash, it’s hard to keep your eyes off it. That being said, this BBC newscaster should be commended for handling this odd situation well, since it was so awkward.
If anything can be taken away from this, it’s that being calm has it’s merits and should be top priority. Nothing good can be gained by losing your temper and complaining, especially if it’s out of your control. Whenever we’re down or ticked off, we should remember this potentially embarrassing situation and try to stay calm from now on.
Everyone should be able to find the awkward four minutes online, even though BBC would rather you forget it. At the least, there have been more embarrassing situations in the past.