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Inspector Sands13,766 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The one below has Debbie Flint met with a dodgy projection of Rocky and Bullwinkle and you can actually see whoever's on VT trying to fix it on the monitor in the background.

Trying to fix the film of course

Am I alone in thinking that Andy comes across as a bit of a tit here? He was in as a guest and probably wouldn't have had talkback, surely Simon would have covered the cock up in a much calmer way had Andy not panicked and jumped in?

I can understand Andy taking over as he was more experienced and action had to be taken as of course it was a very precise junction leading up to the news. Though Simon does sit there and look like a bit of a lemon, but then he probably didn't know what to do
Larry the Loafer5,586 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today

Am I alone in thinking that Andy comes across as a bit of a tit here? He was in as a guest and probably wouldn't have had talkback, surely Simon would have covered the cock up in a much calmer way had Andy not panicked and jumped in?

I can understand Andy taking over as he was more experienced and action had to be taken as of course it was a very precise junction leading up to the news. Though Simon does sit there and look like a bit of a lemon, but then he probably didn't know what to do


Andy's instincts might've taken over. He would've looked more of a tit if he sat back and casually said "Oi Si, fix that mate."
Steve in Pudsey10,181 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
You're right that the timings are critical in that junction to get to the news on time, but to me that's why Andy should have let Simon lead as he has the ear piece and the count into Neighbours.

Let alone undermining Simon - It's not as if Andy was particularly slick in how he padded.
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Neil Jones5,441 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Some more breakdowns:

A programme on the CBBC Channel launch day fails to turn up and then falls off air halfway through:


Possibly a presenter's worst nightmare - how to pad for ten minutes when the phone lines die on Quiz Call late one night:


And finally for now, when Lorraine Kelly's programme was interrupted by the fire alarm:
Inspector Sands13,766 posts since 25 Aug 2004
A NSFW one here from LWT, I remember seeing this go out. Worth it just to hear the shock in Peter Lewis' voice.


And then there's this one from the day before the 1987 general election which caused a bit of a stir and a few problems for ITV. All caused by apparently a VT which was unexpectedly being used in an edit and left in remote at Thames so kept stopping


And Tom Edwards filling like crazy ' alright duckie'
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robertclark1251,410 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Although there is no youtube footage of it, I recall in the mid 1990s, BBC2 having serious problems trying to play out The Money Programme. The titles ran, but a minute into the first report, the problems began, with the VT jumping about. So, apology slide and music. They then decided to start the whole programme again, only for the programme to go wrong just after the opening titles!

Also, one that used to be on youtube, but isn't anymore, unless someone can find it. The famous time Coronation Street started one evening in the 1980s, and just after the opening titles began, the programme paused and totally ground to a halt.

My dad described it as "the best thing ever to happen to Corrie!"
Neil Jones5,441 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
An odd one from S4C (perhaps not a 'breakdown', but still a mistake), in which it seems the computer playing the closedown screens overnight is rebooted, complete with Windows dialogue!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ab4UMG2Tc

Bloody Windows Updates!


It wasn't a Windows Update. That's Windows NT4, it didn't do updates automatically you had to go and get them yourself via the really secure method of, um, Internet Explorer. Somebody's deliberately restarted that machine presumably without realising its output was being broadcast.
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