Home Television News & Sport Newsday

Newsday

1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 8   (UK)

This 40-minute programme from BBC2 presented news and opinions on events and issues of the day, including Foreign Report from BBC news correspondents around the world.

On 14 May 1976, Peter Woods, the baggy-eyed newsreader on the programme, seemed to stumble and his speech was slurred. Robin Day, who had cued him in to interview William Whitelaw, swiftly took over the interview himself.

90 minutes later, after the switchboard had been jammed with callers who said they thought that Woods was drunk, there was an announcement that Peter had reacted adversely to medication he had taken for a sinus condition.