BBC News newscast goes haywire

BBC News had a rocky start to its 10 p.m. newscast.

The broadcast began innocently enough — with the network’s signature countdown.

After that, the screen shifted to a “Breaking News” graphic before abruptly switching to a graphic with headshots.

Then, the feed switched to a wobbly shot of the anchor desk with the anchor looking puzzled into his monitor in the desk. Then it was back to the breaking news graphic and another shot of the anchor again — and again.

According an a BBC editor, the network’s main control system crashed just before the newscast started and the director had to switch to a backup system.