BBC Radio 5 Live studio evacuated live on air

The BBC's headquarters in Manchester's MediaCity were temporarily evacuated due to a fire alarm, but there was "no incident"

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BBC Radio 5 Live was temporarily taken off air this afternoon as the BBC’s offices in Greater Manchester were evacuated.

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The radio station switched to a back-up recording just before 2pm while BBC MediaCity was evacuated as a result of a fire alarm.

The station returned to its regular broadcast around 10 minutes later, when BBC presenter Sarah Brett explained that the evacuation was as a result of a fire alarm.

People near the BBC building in Salford Quays tweeted images and video of people leaving the building as a message on the BBC radio station apologised for the break in the scheduled programming.

However, when Brett returned to the studio she continued the broadcast as normal, adding, “We’re back in the studio, all is very well.”

Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live Jonathan Wall confirmed that there was “no incident” at the BBC’s Manchester headquarters, and that the evacuation was due to a fire alarm.

The official MediaCity Twitter account later posted a message saying that it was a “false alarm”.

“Everyone is now back inside safely, business as usual,” the message continued.

A statement from BBC North PR said explained that one of the BBC’s buildings was briefly evacuated following a false fire alarm triggered in the canteen.

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“It was not a security issue,” the statement continued. “The building was fully open and operational within 15 minutes.”