A BBC Radio 3 newsreader was forced to read the headlines from her mobile phone after the in-house computer and telephone systems collapsed just as she was about to go on air.

Alison Roper, who often presents Radio 4's Today programme and the World Service, whipped out her iPhone and read the headlines off an email sent to her handset instead.

"The words were reasonably clear on my iPhone screen", she said. "But I tried tipping the phone sideways so that the writing becomes bigger and then I lost the whole sentence. You need to read ahead all the time when you are reading out news".

"I had to tip it back to the right position and just scroll through very quickly with my finger, hoping to God I didn't do something accidentally. My heart was in my mouth but you have to take a deep breath and plunge in".