Both channels then cut to show newsreader Huw Edwards sitting at his desk. Huw Edwards later on Wednesday said that he was not informed about the glitch and nobody told him that he was on air until two minutes into the delay. However, for BBC anchor Huw Edwards, things turned out to be extremely uncomfortable when due to a massive technical breakdown on his flagship show, BBC News At Ten, the anchor had to sit and wait - patiently for nearly 4 minutes - for the show to start.
Just seconds before the clock hit 10, a technical glitch interrupted BBC's flagship programme "News at 10" leaving its anchor Huw Edwards sitting (and possibly suffering) in silence.
When the problem was eventually fixed, Edwards apologised for what he called a "few technical problems".
Another said: "Bbc one crashed and the breaking news thing kept popping up, I thought something extremely serious happened like we were at war or something". @huwbbc doing great job #BBCNewsTen'. "No matter how experienced you are, and I have been presenting for 25 years, its a very unusual set of circumstances", he added. Director had to switch to a back-up system ASAP.
Paul Royall, an editor at BBC News, tweeted an explanation: "FYI technical system crash seconds before 10".
Viewers have since tweeted of the situation, describing the incident as the "best ever" News At Ten and "kinda absorbing, like a lava lamp".