Several of the BBC’s flagship news programmes on radio and TV were disrupted this morning when its West London news centre was hit by the double whammy of a power failure and a fire alert. The disruption forced the Today programme off the air for 16 minutes, ironically during an interview with the Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. The BBC was forced to play music instead. BBC News 24 had to temporarily broadcast from the BBC1 Breakfast News studio, while BBC World carried recorded material. The disruption also affected Radio 5 Live. All services are now operating normally, but the cause of the problems is being investigated, and the BBC says it cannot rule out further disruption in the course of the day. World Service radio programmes, which come from Bush House in central London, are not affected.