BBC suspends ALL regular programming to provide special coverage after the Queen passes away

BBC suspends ALL regular programming to provide special coverage after the Queen passes away

BBC suspends ALL regular programming to provide special Royal coverage after the Queen passes away at Balmoral

BBC One has suspended all regular programming to provide special Royal coverage after the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

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

The BBC One afternoon schedule has been moved to BBC Two. It is unclear when the schedule will return to normal.

BBC suspends ALL regular programming to provide special coverage after the Queen passes away

BBC One has suspended all regular programming to provide special Royal coverage after the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon

Huw Edwards (pictured) wore a black suit and tie as he announced the death of Her Majesty this evening

Huw Edwards (pictured) wore a black suit and tie as he announced the death of Her Majesty this evening

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 Bargain Hunt presenters before it suddenly changed to a black screen. BBC News presenter Joanna Gosling then appeared to break the news. 

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, the BBC suspended its usual programming to present rolling coverage on the 96-year-old monarch’s health.

Later, BBC News presenter Huw Edwards was seen wearing a black tie as he presented live from the studio on Thursday afternoon. 

The BBC said it had ‘no comment’ about its change to scheduling. 

Bargain Hunt was interrupted at around 12.40pm on Thursday when the screen suddenly switched to black and then BBC News' Joanna Gosling appeared

Bargain Hunt was interrupted at around 12.40pm on Thursday when the screen suddenly switched to black and then BBC News’ Joanna Gosling appeared

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