I get the feeling BBC Two were supposed to leave the coverage but due to the statement being quite short and due to it being uneventful and therefore without the need of much comment, Huw wrapped up earlier than expected, and once Clive appeared they were stuck with it. The EPG
didn’t change until after this point. The news channel coverage was fairly weak for a BBC Two outing with pre recorded interviews and the like and definitely weak for what some viewers probably thought was the Ten, so I’m not sure it was planned to air to such a wide audience.
To be fair to the Beeb on this one, the last time the Lectern got dragged out, there was a good half hour or so before May actually came out to talk (post evening long cabinet presentation of the WA)
With that in mind, they didn't know for sure if statement would be at appointed time + how long the statement might be, and may of needed Hwu and Laura to stall for time with talk of the days events. She was relatively prompt on this occasion at least. On BBC1 they said things along the lines of "the PM is expected to make a statement around 10pm"
Laura K also tweeted prior that due to the badge use on Lectern - it was known that it wasn't going to be a surprise resign. So on beebs part, not sure what they thought would happen really.
That said there certainly seemed to be slight confusion within the BBC News team on what was happening with BBC2 - I got the impression that Hwu's team fully expected BBC2 to go back to it's normal schedule as he called it a "short news update" - but then switched to in-studio with a presenter who didn't know it was being simulcast with BBC2 - I assume he must of been told at some point as I switched over to the footy instead.
Would of loved to be a fly on the wall of whoever had to quickly act to set everything up though (the gallery? Not sure how it works at the beeb these days) - I'm sure choice words were uttered and Number 10 will be asked to please refrain from using the Lectern for boring repeat statements in future.
In any case the political report teams can probably take a breather now till Monday at least.