BBC’s Adderley recovering after “bad turn” at match

BBC Radio football commentator Nigel Adderley was recovering last night after collapsing in the middle of a live broadcast.

The Radio 5 Live man fell ill as he covered West Ham’s Premier League home game against Fulham for the station’s Sport Extra digital channel. Shocked listeners could only hear crowd noises, someone groaning, then a voice pleading for help.

Adderley was treated by St John’s Ambulance medics at Upton Park before being taken to hospital.

A later announcement on 5 Live’s 606 phone-in said Adderley, 37, had suffered a “bad turn” and was recovering.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Nigel was taken ill while on air.

“He had to have medical attention so the broadcast was stopped and replaced with a backing loop.”

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