BBC anchor sits thru 4 minutes of live broadcast in silence

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(CNN) -- Every news anchor's nightmare came true during a BBC newscast Tuesday night.

Every news anchor's nightmare came true during a BBC newscast Tuesday night. The show hit a technical glitch -- leaving the anchor to stare at the camera with nothing to say for four minutes. Courtesy: BBC / CNN

The show hit a technical glitch -- leaving the anchor to stare at the camera with nothing to say for four minutes.

The BBC's flagship news at 10 was silent except for breaking news announcements run amok.

During those four long minutes of technical meltdown, veteran newsman Huw Edwards sat calmly with only the occasional facial flinch.

A show editor blamed it on a "technical system crash" seconds before airtime, the veteran anchor told Radio 4.