Forgive me if this is slightly off topic but GHR had a major meltdown just now. The IRN bulletin failed to trigger on the national DAB/online feed and we were treated to the news bed for 2 minutes.
And yet, in the network studio, the presenter/dj will know instantly if the commercial breaks are failing to go out on any of the stations that should be playing them..
Not necessarily. The presenter will be listening to only one of the feeds, so if for example they're listening to the Manchester feed, which is playing the bulletin, they likely won't know the national feed isn't playing it.
I've not stepped in to Castle Quay for a good few years so it may have changed, but last time I was there the local Manchester feed was definitely the default on the monitors.
They do have a screen showing levels from each individual station, but if the bed is playing they will see bouncing levels and might not realise it's not the right thing. I don't know if the software Bauer use is able to indicate the split/opt status (Global's does so it's obvious when a split fails).
If they do realise, they likely won't be able to do anything about it. If it fails to play on all the stations they can quickly skip out the news to the next item on the playlist, but if some of the stations are playing the news you're stuck. You can't manually fire it as all the stations need to play the news and finish the opt at the same time, you can't skip out as the ones that are playing the news will continue playing it over you.
I've heard the same happen on Global's station's in the past, where the news fails to play and a clean bed goes out for a minute. The presenter just has to sit there and wait for clock on the automation to count down.