Moira Stuart is believed to have fallen ill during her friend Angela Rippon’s birthday party and an ambulance rushed to her aid on Monday night.
The birthday party was apparently brought to a sudden halt after the newsreader collapsed while enjoying the celebration at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.
Moira, 74, was reportedly helped by her colleagues including Louise Minchin and Michael Buerk who rushed to her aid following the funny turn.
According to The Sun’s source the room was cleared for Moira, who apparently soon insisted that she was feeling fine following the ‘scary’ episode.
Staff at the hotel are said to have called for an ambulance to check Moira out, after she fell while standing at the bar among the other party guests.
Moria Stewart fell ill during Angela Rippon’s birthday party and an ambulance rushed to her aid on Monday night
Moira was a BBC newsreader until she retired in 2007
An onlooker said: ‘Moira took a funny turn when Angela’s party was in full swing. She had been in great spirits on the night and spent time with Angela and Lulu, who was also a guest, at the Hilton.
‘It all happened very quickly and out of nowhere,Moira, who was standing at the bar, had fallen to the floor.
‘She was looked after by Louise and Michael and an ambulance was called just in case.’ MailOnline have contacted representatives for Moira for further comment.
The party was thrown by Angela as a belated 79th birthday celebration and to mark the end of the Strictly Come Dancing tour.
The TV presenter appeared on last year’s series of the BBC ballroom dance contest and also took part in the live tour this year with her pro partner Kai Widdrington, 28.
Broadcaster Angela was the host of the BBC’s original dance competition show Come Dancing between 1988 and 1991.
Angela completed the Strictly tour but suffered a health blow towards the end when a ‘serious asthma attack’ caused her to stop breathing.
In an Instagram post earlier this month, she said she had been dancing on stage in Liverpool on Wednesday night when she suffered the ‘major medical meltdown’.
The birthday party was brought to a sudden halt after the veteran newsreader collapsed while enjoying the celebration at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane
Moira, 74, was reportedly helped by her colleagues including Louise Minchin and Michael Buerk who rushed to her aid following the funny turn (pictured with Camilla Tominey)
After receiving treatment from paramedics on site, she explained that she could breathe again but was prescribed two days of bed rest by the doctor, causing her to miss shows in Leeds.
Angela confirmed she was ‘dancing fit’ again and rejoined the tour at Manchester’s AO Arena with her dance partner Kai.
Veteran broadcaster Moira made a CBE for her services to media the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace in London in November 2022.
Moira, who was the first African-Caribbean woman to read the news on British television, was among a number of people recognised with royal honours.
Moira became a Radio 4 newsreader and programme presenter after beginning her BBC career as a radio production assistant in the 1970s.
She enjoyed a history-making career in radio and television at the BBC, spanning nearly five decades, after returning to read the news bulletins on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 breakfast in 2010.
Veteran broadcaster Moira made a CBE for her services to media the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace in London in November 2022 (pictured)
She quit the BBC after 26 years in 2007, when the BBC unceremoniously announced her departure.
The statement prompted accusations that the Corporation did not want older women on screen and led to a series of complaints from MPs that she be immediately reinstated.
Moira eventually returned to the BBC in 2010, when she became the main newsreader on the Radio 2’s breakfast show.
Born in Hampstead, London, her TV presenting roles have included The Andrew Marr Show, BBC Breakfast and News After Noon.
The broadcaster joined Classic FM in 2019 to become the station’s morning newsreader, and presents Moira Stuart Meets…, featuring interviews with famous faces in arts, politics, sport and entertainment.
She has also presented documentaries including In Search Of Wilberforce for BBC Television and BBC World Service documentary The Unknown Soldier.
Moira received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 and an honorary doctorate from Canterbury Christ Church University in January 2013.
The journalist has won numerous awards, including best newscaster of the year in the 1988 TV and Radio Industries Club Awards and the Women of Achievement television personality prize a year later.
More recently, she received the Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting at the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) ceremony in March 2020.
During an interview in 2017, Moira revealed that she no longer drinks after she ‘developed problems with alcohol’ (stock image from 2010)
During an interview in 2017 with Chris, Moira revealed that she no longer drinks after she ‘developed problems with alcohol’.
She told listeners of Chris’ breakfast show on Radio 2 in February 2017 that she used to enjoy a tipple, especially at weddings.
But she was forced to quit drinking after developing health problems.
At the time, Chris was quizzing Moira about dry January, where drinkers abstain from alcohol for a month, and asked if she had ever drank.
She replied: ‘Oh I did. Oh Yes. I used to when I was a child, yes notorious at weddings, going round and drinking everybody’s.’
Chris replied: ‘Minesweeping is what it’s called. You were an early minesweeper. And that put you off for life?’
Moira said: ‘Um no. I developed problems with alcohol so I just left it alone. They weren’t hangovers, migraines – alcohol doesn’t do it for me, along with cheese and chocolate. I’m telling you it’s been rougher than tough.’
A year earlier, The Daily Mail revealed how BBC Radio 4 Today show presenter John Humphrys told Moira she was ‘sensationally sexy’ after a news bulletin.
He is believed to have said: ‘You’re the most sensationally sexy lady I know. The best thing we can do for the next few hours is to make mad, passionate love in the basement.’
Moira then made it clear that the programme had been recorded for the deaf community, so the audience would have been able to lip-read every word he had said.