Was the output line to CP on the MCR matrix, or was it a manual overplugging required?
I assume the audio to CP was an analogue line rather than SIS in 1981, which would have made it difficult to keep both correct when there was a major panic on.
I think ( and I remember seeing it all happen on the night) it was over plugging because there were periods of no sync ( the IBA caption made multiple appearances) It also affected LWT’s output to the ITV network ( which is how I knew something had failed, I was watching on Southern when PYCR failed, so I switched over to LWT to see what was going on) As I say bluecortina gave us some details a few months ago, if someone can dig up the thread again ?
Having read through the thread, I don’t think it’s been specifically stated what output was being fed to the regions when PYCR failed. It seems LWT viewers still received the programme’s sound over the transmitter caption - but I remember that Tyne Tees lost both sound and vision (or perhaps chose not to continue with the show in sound only). They showed a local holding slide and played a bit of music before rejoining PYCR a few seconds after LWT did, just as Bruce was saying goodbye.
Is it possible that the other regions lost the whole show, not just the sound? Would that make sense with the issues LWT were having? What did Southern do, those from that region who remember this incident?
I think the 7.30 slot was local, with most regions showing a US import, and I don’t think the 8.30 comedy came from LWT (possibly it was YTV’s That’s My Boy), so things could have been worse across the network if LWT had been responsible for the entire early-mid evening.
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