BBC News' Ben Brown apologises after being caught yawning live on air

Amy Johnson
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Watch: Ben Brown is caught yawning on live TV

BBC newsreader Ben Brown issued an apology to viewers after he was caught yawning live on air.

During Sunday's news programming, the broadcaster was shown doing a big yawn after the cameras accidentally cut back to him during a news item on bagpipes.

Realising he was on screen, Brown quickly collected himself and sat back up straight in his seat to continue presenting.

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The moment was shared on social media, with one Twitter user joking about the government's introduction of tier four to London and large parts of the South East of England.

"Seems like tier 4 fatigue is getting to the BBC News presenters Face with tears of joy #UKlockdown @BenBrownBBC @BBCNews," they wrote.

Re-sharing the footage, Brown wrote: "Apologies for this dear viewers - I was at the end of a long shift after a 5am start when the director cut to me by mistake. The perils of live TV!"

(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE - PREMIUM RATES APPLY)   Ben Brown from BBC News attends a champagne reception ahead of Betfair's 'Newsroom's Got Talent', which raises funds for three charities, Leonard Cheshire Disability, SANE and Helen and Douglas House Hospice, at Indigo at the O2 Arena on September 16, 2010 in London, England. *** Local Caption ***
Ben Brown from BBC News attends a champagne reception ahead of Betfair's 'Newsroom's Got Talent', which raises funds for three charities, at the O2 Arena on September 16, 2010 in London, England. (Getty)

The funny moment seemed to strike a chord with many as they assured Brown he didn’t need to apologise.

While BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley joked: “Not a bagpipe fan Ben? Ha, it's been a long 2020.”

Nearly 18 million people have been affected by the new rules, which came into play on Sunday.

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Now those living in tier four will not be allowed to mix indoors with those not from their household for Christmas, bar a few exceptions.

Elsewhere in England, Scotland and Wales the planned relaxing of indoor mixing for five days has now been scaled back to just Christmas Day.

Watch: Tier 4 measures see passengers head to St Pancras to get home