Rushda: BBC Radio 4's newsreader Charlotte Green has caused hundreds of comments being sent in as she started laughing on air whilst presenting this morning. The well-known 50 year old reader, who incidentally has also been voted to have the "Most Attractive Female Voice on National Radio", was discussing an ancient recording of the human voice when she started giggling uncontrollably. She squirmed her way through her next news story which, to put the cherry on the cake, happened to be on a death. Here is the clip. Green, who is also said to have done a very similar thing ten years ago, is embarrassed about the incident. She says it was sparked by a colleague telling her that the sound was like a "bee buzzing in a bottle". Describing how difficult it was to keep a straight face when discussing the death of screenwriter Abby Mann, Green said:
"I'm afraid I just lost it, I was completely ambushed by the giggles. I did feel slightly embarrassed, knowing I have this reputation that I am prone to getting the giggles"However, many listeners found the incident cheered up their day, with Today's editor, Ceri Thomas, saying that most listeners who contacted them said "how much they had enjoyed the moment". Not only that but Green's fit of the giggles was repeated on later in the day as there had been so many requests to hear it again. As Green says:
"People have been very sweet and everyone has been coming up to me said how much it has cheered up their Friday morning."Whilst some may have found the incident insulting, I'm glad that most have been amused to witness their favourite dignified newsreader reduced to this state on air. Personally, I completely empathise with Charlotte as I know full well how difficult it is to stop laughing sometimes, and the more you try and suppress it, the worse it becomes! It is just unlucky how bad the timing was. Let's hope any offended listeners can take this very human behaviour with a pinch of salt.