Radio 4 newsreader apologises for on-air giggling fit

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Radio 4 newsreader Charlotte Green has said some of the blame for her on-air giggling fit on Friday’s Today programme lay with her colleagues, Ed Stourton and James Naughtie.

Green, who “corpsed” during an obituary for Abby Mann – which had followed a piece on the first recording of the human voice – said: “Someone in the studio remarked it sounded like a bee trapped in a jar and I just lost it.”

She told the Independent that a lack of sleep, coupled with a 6am start, often led to hysterical behaviour in the studio.

The only other time Green has corpsed on air was in a news item about 10 years ago about a Papua New Guinean colonel called Jack Tuat.

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