BBC Breakfast hijacked as passer-by shouts ‘scrap the licence fee’
3rd October 2023

BBC Breakfast: Live broadcast gatecrashed by man in Manchester

Sally Nugent was forced to “move along” a BBC Breakfast interview after a stranger interrupted a live broadcast to yell “Slash the TV licence fee you greedy-” before being cut off.

Peter Ruddick joined Sally and co-host Jon Kay to talk about the HS2 from Manchester, which is reportedly set to be scrapped.

However, seconds into the chat, which was taking place outside Manchester Piccadilly Station, a passer-by interrupted the segment.

“Passengers here are fairly used to uncertainty these days,” Peter began.

He continued: “There has been in recent days a palpable sense of a lack of surprise around these reports.

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“There are a few people who would welcome the cancellation of HS2 – there are concerns about the costs, about delays to the project and questions about the reported benefits of this scheme.

“It does now seem increasingly likely-“

At that point, a passerby shoved into view and shouted: “Slash the TV licence fee you greedy…”

He words were drowned out as the audio was silenced and cameras quickly returned to Sally in the studio.

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“Er, Peter having a little bit of unwanted attention there,” she explained.

“So let’s move on shall we for a moment? We’re going to talk about HS2 quite a lot this morning.”

It didn’t take long for viewers to take to social media to comment on the awkward moment.

Twitter user @misterpie penned: “Most sensible thing said on TV this morning ‘scrap the TV licence fee’ #BBCBreakfast.” (sic)

@feesaysrelax wrote: “Absolutely dead at the man who was screaming about the TV Licence on #BBCBreakfast just now.”

@ForestDMorgan added: “Been a while since they’ve had that on the Beeb! #BBCBreakfast.”

“Hahaha ‘slash the license fee ya greedy…’ @DannyDenayTV shared.

@helenbright1ho1 commented: “Made my morning,” while another simply wrote: “Oh dear!”

Later, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak joined Sally and Jon and said he “hadn’t given up” on HS2, however, he refused to confirm or deny reports of the project being scrapped.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.

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