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BBC explodes after pair held up their phones to take pictures when Huw Edwards announced Queen’s death

BBC is criticized for ‘bad error of judgement’ after pair saw pictures on their phones in the background as emotional Huw Edwards announced Queen’s death to nation

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When BBC presenter Huw Edwards broke the bleak news of Queen Elizabeth II’s tragic death, two editors appeared to be taking photos in the background.

The moment sparked outrage among viewers who said the commotion was both distracting and insensitive.

Edwards, 61, has received much praise for his sensitive and candid delivery of the news on Thursday night, and he reportedly spent months preparing the moment.

But in the background of his live cross on the right side of the screen, two editors held their phones up for at least 20 seconds, scanning the room before settling in the direction of Edwards.

The pair appear to be snapping photos and filming the historic moment, although some eagle-eyed fans claim it looked like they were taking selfies.

Edwards, 61, has received much praise for his sensitive and candid delivery of the news on Thursday night, and it is reported that he spent months preparing for the moment.

Edwards, 61, has received much praise for his sensitive and candid delivery of the news on Thursday night, and it is reported that he spent months preparing for the moment.

A man in a white shirt appeared to approach the two staffers during the live cross and they immediately put down their phones and returned to their seats.

MailOnline has approached the BBC for comment on the matter.

Viewers expressed frustration after watching the incident live, which some say ruined the historic moment and took away Edwards’ powerful episode.

“That was a very bad error of judgment, despite the understandable temptation,” said one person.

In the background of his live cross on the right side of the screen, two editors held up their phones for at least 20 seconds, scanning the room before settling in the direction of Edwards

In the background of his live cross on the right side of the screen, two editors held up their phones for at least 20 seconds, scanning the room before settling in the direction of Edwards

In the background of his live cross on the right side of the screen, two editors held up their phones for at least 20 seconds, scanning the room before settling in the direction of Edwards

The public broadcaster had a total of 9.83 million people tuned into BBC One at 6:30 p.m. when Queen Elizabeth II's death (pictured just two days before she died) was officially announced

The public broadcaster had a total of 9.83 million people tuned into BBC One at 6:30 p.m. when Queen Elizabeth II's death (pictured just two days before she died) was officially announced

The public broadcaster had a total of 9.83 million people tuned into BBC One at 6:30 p.m. when Queen Elizabeth II’s death (pictured just two days before she died) was officially announced

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Viewers expressed frustration after watching the incident live, which some say ruined the historic moment and took away Edwards' powerful episode

Viewers expressed frustration after watching the incident live, which some say ruined the historic moment and took away Edwards' powerful episode

Viewers expressed frustration after watching the incident live, which some say ruined the historic moment and took away Edwards’ powerful episode

Another said: ‘I sometimes despair with the modern world…I was stunned when… […] Huw Edwards announced the Queen’s death. In the background two BBC employees taking pictures with their phones.’

“I am disgusted that people who work in the BBC studio are taking selfies while Huw Edwards announced the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Incredible disrespect,” another critic said on Twitter.

Viewers expressed frustration after watching the incident live, which some say ruined the historic moment and took away Edwards' powerful episode

Viewers expressed frustration after watching the incident live, which some say ruined the historic moment and took away Edwards' powerful episode

Viewers expressed frustration after watching the incident live, which some say ruined the historic moment and took away Edwards’ powerful episode

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1662803002 849 BBC explodes after pair held up their phones to take

The palace issued a statement officially confirming that the Queen had died “peacefully” at 6:30 p.m. that evening

After Buckingham Palace shared doctors’ concerns about the Queen’s health around noon on Thursday, the BBC suspended regular programming and replaced it with continuous coverage presented by Edwards, dressed in black and wearing a black tie.

The palace issued a statement officially confirming that the Queen had died “peacefully” at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

At the time, her four children and grandson Prince William were together in Balmoral. Harry was in the air on his way to his family.

Writer Alastair Campbell said on Twitter that Edwards told him months ago “that he had been preparing, practicing and even rehearsing in front of his bathroom mirror for a while.”

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