ITV News viewers were left stunned after a host was forced to take desperate measures to deal with a ‘system crash’.
The channel suffered some technical issues on Tuesday evening when ITV London News began at 6pm.
It was followed at 6.30pm by an hour of national news coverage, but viewers in London immediately noticed a problem.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "What’s happened to the London news. Its switched to Meridien!"
Meanwhile, others watching picked up on the fact anchor Lucrezia Millarini appeared to present without an autocue, which is no easy feat.
Instead, the 46-year-old was reading from sheets of paper in front of her, and viewers were impressed by her professionalism despite the technical difficulties.
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Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "‘Hats off to @LucreziaNews this evening on @ITVNews. There’s a major fault which is causing technical difficulties, in which it fell off air but just about made it back on @ITV.
"No headlines or opening, only one fixed camera, and no autocue with reading off paper scripts."
Another added: "@lucrezianews now THAT’S professionalism on tonight’s @itvnews!!
"Obvs the #autocue has gone down but she handled it as if nothing happened at all….and that’s the mark of a true pro! Not many could do that!"
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A third tweeted: "Give @lucrezianews an MBE for doing this without an autocue in these circumstances!!!"
Speaking to The Sun Online, Lucrezia explained what had happened, saying: "They say there’s a never dull moment in news and yesterday was no exception.
"A technical meltdown, which just happened to be on the hottest day on record and only minutes before going live on air. No autocue and no (guaranteed) content. But we coped. As we always do.
"Our fabulous gallery staff and technical team working wonders behind the scenes. This is precisely why news anchors always have our printed scripts to hand. Never just a ‘prop’!"
She continued to praise her team, adding: "ITV News is a small but mighty team and I’m immensely proud that we still got an hour-long show out on such a big news day.
"ITV London had already gone off air, minutes before going live with the national Evening News. We had no comms with our correspondents or the studio, no live capacity with our reporters in the field and no autocue for me.
"I was unable to do our famous Big Ben ‘bong’ opening sequence – instead crashing on to air armed with just my printed scripts and an instruction that we had our top report ‘ready to go’. But at that stage, that’s all we had!"
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