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VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
You all had microwaves Cool Laughing

That was the problem!
One of our allocations at 2GHz (channel 1) was on 2460MHz, and was very prone to microwave ovens interfering.
The bosses therefore decided that we were not to have them in our trucks, as warming a curry during transmission would take a link down!

I know of a certain broadcast facility where an engineer warming up some falafel in the microwave set off the fire alarm and forced a high-profile primetime show off air...

That wouldn't happen to be this incident? I think it was revealed afterwards that a microwave was the cause of the alarm going off…

UK
UKnews
There was the unfortunately sited kettle* that knocked out coverage of Ed Milliband’s speech at the Labour Party Conference one year. I’ve a feeling that was a (non broadcast) contractor at fault.

(*plugged in in the wrong place, not a spillage!)
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
There was the unfortunately sited kettle* that knocked out coverage of Ed Milliband’s speech at the Labour Party Conference one year. I’ve a feeling that was a (non broadcast) contractor at fault.

(*plugged in in the wrong place, not a spillage!)


Didn't Big Brother's Little Brother fall off air once in the Dermot O'Leary days because of a misplugged kettle?
LE
Lewismpsmith Meridian (South East) South East Today
Not really a breakdown, but just now during the darts on Sky Sports, the scoreboard was showing the wrong scores before disappearing completely for about 2 minutes, meaning they had to keep cutting backwards and forwards to the actual scoreboard!
We're in this together. Stay alert.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
That seems to happen quite often in darts - seen them use picture in picture before to show the arena scoreboard.
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LE
Lewismpsmith Meridian (South East) South East Today
That was the problem!
One of our allocations at 2GHz (channel 1) was on 2460MHz, and was very prone to microwave ovens interfering.
The bosses therefore decided that we were not to have them in our trucks, as warming a curry during transmission would take a link down!

I know of a certain broadcast facility where an engineer warming up some falafel in the microwave set off the fire alarm and forced a high-profile primetime show off air...

That wouldn't happen to be this incident? I think it was revealed afterwards that a microwave was the cause of the alarm going off…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhOLpvMMmEc


Speaking of this video, it's funny how when they cut into the VT, Matt says "Hopefully we'll see you in a little while" and then right at the end of the segment they do the classic, freezeframe on screen for 3 seconds, then fading to a black screen for an unearthly amount of time before the director's cut straight into the breakdown slide!

Could you imagine what the viewer must of felt like? Must of felt very eerie being left in the dark like that, especially after hearing a fire alarm during a live show, you would of thought "Has there been an actual fire?"

Either that, or that's just me.
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IS
Inspector Sands
Could be worse, I remember one of the presentation editors once saying that his worst nightmare was them all being evacuated due to a fire at TV Centre and forgetting to take a live programme out the schedule. Then at the correct time BBC One cuts to the studio and all you can see is flames licking up past the camera! Confused
LE
Lewismpsmith Meridian (South East) South East Today
Could be worse, I remember one of the presentation editors once saying that his worst nightmare was them all being evacuated due to a fire at TV Centre and forgetting to take a live programme out the schedule. Then at the correct time BBC One cuts to the studio and all you can see is flames licking up past the camera! Confused


Ok, that is scary.
We're in this together. Stay alert.
CO
commseng London London
Reminds me of being a kid watching Sunday Night at the London Paladium inthe 1970s.
The IRA were very active at the time, and it got taken off air due to a bomb threat.
I recall it cutting to a VT or TK of the Carpenters singing I'm on the Top of the World, while I was busy worrying about all the people in the theatre.
It was a false alarm.
To this very day when that song comes on the radio I still get that same feeling.
Bizarre.
TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Could be worse, I remember one of the presentation editors once saying that his worst nightmare was them all being evacuated due to a fire at TV Centre and forgetting to take a live programme out the schedule. Then at the correct time BBC One cuts to the studio and all you can see is flames licking up past the camera! Confused


Now on BBC One, it's a fireplace screensaver...
FanOfTV99 and Lewismpsmith gave kudos
SB
SonicBen2706 Meridian (South) South Today
"We apologise for the break in this programme. While we sort things out, here is a look at the REAL FIRE in our building!"
Lewismpsmith and Josh gave kudos
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Talking of fires, I'm just going to leave this here...

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