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Today, Charlie Stayt presented from the BBC Breakfast studio alone as Naga Munchetty was at Jodrell Bank to report on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

However, he wasn’t completely alone as Ben Thompson dropped in to share the latest travel news for those viewers planning to get away this weekend.

Ben was assisted by some animations and Charlie seemed far from impressed when the business reporter tried to get him to take part in the segment.

Charlie began: “It’s that time of year isn’t it? Everybody’s going somewhere.”

“It is,” Ben replied. “Today is expected to be one of the busiest days, if not the busiest days, because some schools broke up last week, some break up today and some schools won’t oil next week.

“But this is set to be the big weekend that everyone gets away.”

Ben went on to share travel news which could affect viewers’ plans to get away this summer including delays on flights, train cancellations and traffic alerts.

To assist with the news, animated planes, cars and trains were used to help highlight the issues.

First a plane swooped onto the screen shortly followed by a car honking its horn.

The animations tickled both Ben and Charlie but when it came to the train, it was silent.

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“That’s a very European looking train,” the business reporter remarked. “How do trains go Charlie?”

But Charlie wasn’t playing as he pulled an unimpressed expression and warned his co-host: “I’m not going to do the sound effect.

“There’s supposed to be a button somewhere doing all of the sound effects, the other ones were good but the train…”

“We peaked too soon,” Ben laughed as he went on to warn viewers about delays and cancellations on trains.

The tone of today’s show was very different to yesterday, which saw Naga probe Jeremy Hunt over his opinions on Donald Turmp’s “racist” tweets.

Naga asked: “You’ve always made very clear throughout this leadership campaign, you want to show how open you are to answering questions.

“And I just want to bring up Donald Trump’s recent remarks in which he told four US congress women to and I quote ‘go back.’ Were those remarks racist?”

“I’ve said I’m not going to answer that question and so you have found one of the very few questions in this campaign I’m not going to answer and I’ll tell you why Naga,” Jeremy replied.

He added he wouldn’t use the “r word”, which left the presenter stunned.

“I’m quite surprised you’ve referred to it as the ‘R’ word,” she replied. “Surely you can be diplomatic and call out racism at the same time?”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays on BBC One at 6am.



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