A BBC presenter went into labour minutes after reading the news on live TV - and gave birth to a baby boy with a fellow newsreader by her side.

Victoria Fritz, who reads the business news on BBC Breakfast, had been discussing easyJet's latest figures on Tuesday morning's show.

But she had more important news to deliver and found her waters breaking shortly after leaving the studio in Salford, Manchester, three weeks before her due date, the Daily Mail reports.

When fellow presenter Sally Nugent discovered Victoria's husband, Dan, was stuck on the motorway, she said she would stay with her at the hospital until he arrived.

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But because of heavy traffic on the M6, Victoria's husband did not get there on time, and Nugent ended up being birthing partner for the arrival of a baby boy.

After welcoming the baby boy at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, Victoria tweeted her thanks, describing it as a 'BBC Breakfast team effort'.

Sally also took to social media to say: 'You won't believe what happened after work yesterday. Huge congrats to our very clever @VFritzNews'

She added: 'It's going to make a brilliant story for his 21st birthday! What an incredible day xx'

A BBC spokeswoman said: "When Sally heard that she'd gone into labour she offered to be there until Victoria's husband got there. But her husband never arrived so she found herself at the birth."

The baby had been due to arrive in early December.

Victoria Fritz welcomes her newborn baby after going into labour on live TV. Photo/Twitter
Victoria Fritz welcomes her newborn baby after going into labour on live TV. Photo/Twitter

Producer Kate McGough ‏also took to Twitter to say they shouldn't have 'joked' about the baby arriving in the studio.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, newsreader Naga Munchetty explained why another presenter, Sean Farrington, was reading the business news.

She joked that Victoria had "decided to be even more productive that she is in the workplace".

Naga said: "There she was, you know, just presenting very happily, not an issue in the world.

"And then she decided to have a bit of an event later on."

Co-presenter Dan Walker added:"Sally was reading our sport yesterday. Because Victoria's partner was stuck on the M6, Sally was the birthing partner."

Victoria joined the BBC in 2008, having previously worked for 'breakingviews', a financial commentary site that is now part of Reuters.