Royal Baby: BBC reporter Nicholas Witchell explains his live TV Baby Sussex ‘brain freeze’

Veteran BBC reporter Nicholas Witchell said he "wanted the ground to open and swallow me up" after he stumbled over his words during a live television broadcast discussing the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby.

The established broadcaster, 65, said he had a 'brain freeze' when he was talking about the royal baby on the News at Ten on Monday.

The reporter said to the Daily Mail: "I'd memorised, as you do, one minute twenty [seconds] which was supposed to be the duration of the item, and just lost my train of thought.

"It was one of those moments when I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up. It was extremely embarrassing...it was a brain freeze, like for an actor on stage."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
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Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The BT Tower in London displays a message in celebration of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
File photo dated 08/05/19 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It was confirmed that the Duchess gave birth to Archie at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, according to her son's birth certificate.
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During the broadcast when Mr Witchell lost his words, he said: "Now what of their son, Baby Sussex, no name for him so far. The first Anglo-American birth in the British royal family, uh, now we know, of course, that uh...Excuse me, just let me just collect my thoughts."

The journalist helped him out by saying: "The first Anglo-American birth in the British royal family, and it is... it is certain, of course...I'm so sorry, let me just once again, uh, hand back to you, Ben."

Mr Witchell's broadcasting error sparked an array of comments across social media platforms.

Sky News anchor Kay Burley came to his defence by saying: "For those who think they can do a better job than the supreme professional #nickwitchell, I'd like to see you try.

"Doctors bury their mistakes, lawyers jail theirs and TV journalists broadcast theirs. Get off his case and get on with your day."

The programme's editor, Paul Royall, said: "For those asking about Nick Witchell, he's absolutely fine.

"Highly unusually for Nick he lost his train of thought and decided to hand back to the studio.

"This can happen sometimes even to the most experienced and respected in busy live news broadcasting."

His BBC colleague Jeremy Bowen said: "I've seen some snide comments about Nick Witchell.

"Please stop, they're not deserved.

"He's a respected and experienced broadcaster, doing his job.

"I don't know what happened tonight but it's certainly no reason to be nasty."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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