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Newswatch taken off air immediately during review of Covid-safe working conditions

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Samira Ahmed, Newswatch (Picture: BBC)
Newswatch taken off air for two weeks (Picture: BBC)
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The BBC has taken Newswatch off the air for the next two weeks at least while the station assesses the working situation in its London headquarters, Samira Ahmed has confirmed. 

Newswatch takes a deep dive into public opinion on events covered by BBC News, but will remain off air for the next fortnight. 

The TV presenter, 52, confirmed the news on Twitter today, posting: ‘I am very sorry to report that @newswatchbbc has been taken off air this wk & next while BBC News management review the Covid 19 safe working situation in New Broadcasting House.

‘Editor John Neal and I very much pressing to return as soon as possible.’ 

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A BBC spokeswoman added: ‘At the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, BBC News streamlined services to ensure it was keeping news on air with reduced staff numbers.

‘With the current lockdown and increased precautions we have simplified some output and delayed the return of some programming – we plan to bring these back to air as soon possible.

‘We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 and the safety of our staff is paramount.’

Under the third lockdown, people are not longer permitted to travel to work unless they cannot work from home or a deemed key workers by the government. 

The decision to take Newswatch off the air comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared the hospitals in the capital are in a ‘state of emergency’, with Covid cases ‘out of control’ and hospital beds on the brink of running out. 

Newswatch airs on BBC News. 

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