When the longtime BBC anchor Huw Edwards announcement Queen Elizabeth II’s death in the UK and around the world on September 8, he looked grim and genuinely shocked. In an interview with the Radio schedules this week, Edwards explained that he only heard the news shortly before making the announcement. “About ten seconds before,” he said when interviewed Rosie Millard asked how much notice he had gotten. He added that the perception that BBC presenters intentionally dressed in black was incorrect. “It was a navy tie,” Edwards said. “A dark navy tie, which later became a black tie after confirmation on the wires.”
He added that he immediately knew how important the moment was. “I was sad, because I felt like I was announcing the end of something very special, something that really meant a lot to people,” he said. “It was the end of an era in British history, the end of a presence that has accompanied many people through their lives and the removal of someone who was a source of solace and steadfastness. I felt very strongly that it was a great moment.
Edwards has been with the network since 1984, when he started as a news intern, and has run its 10 p.m. newscast since 2003. In the interview, he explained that the atmosphere in the studio was unusual on the day of the death of the queen. “Usually when you have a breakup story, there’s a lot of screaming in your ear from the gallery, saying, ‘Go to the news, go to the news,’ but this time it was different,” he said. he declares. “The ad came through the wires and the gallery said, ‘The ad is here. Take your time. Speak when you’re ready.
He said his mother told him he looked exhausted over the next few weeks of constant streaming, but stayed sane with a little self-care. “My free time was limited, but in between I took long walks and a few boxing sessions,” he said. “With all those hours on the air, I was desperate not to make a terrible mistake. When you’re this long and tired, you’re very nervous about tripping.
Edwards dismissed speculation that his performance in the wake of the Queen’s death put him on a shortlist for a knighthood. “I’ve been involved in nominating people for honors and, in a few cases, people who have spent their lives giving time to worthy causes and getting nothing,” he said. “So while I don’t say it disrespectfully, the idea of being a knight embarrasses me.”
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