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BBC prepares for the Queen's death

BBC journalists are being imparted special training about reporting the Queen's death -- when it happens -- so that any possibility of committing an embarrassing gaffe can be avoided.

BBC faced huge criticism in the wake of the Queen Mother's death in 2002 after veteran Peter Sissons went on air in a grey suit and burgundy tie. Staff at the organisation's College Of Journalism have been shown mock videos featuring Huw Edwards announcing that the Queen has passed away.



A BBC source said, "Like all news organisations, the BBC has plans in place. We provide training to ensure staff understand what would be expected."

Staff were informed of the change in BBC schedule that will coincide with the Queen's death.

Following the announcement about her death, the national anthem will be screened in the backdrop whilst television screens display a picture of the royal.

The BBC has instructed reporters to wear dark coloured suits, with the male broadcasters in white shirts and black ties as a mark or respect.

The BBC will also suspend all comedy shows across its channels until after the burial.

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