I've probably mentioned this one before, but there was an episode of Wheel of Fortune in the early 1990s that fell off the air (at least in the YTV and TT areas) during the second part (this was prior to 1992). The tape just stopped/froze.
After several minutes, TT canned the entire programme and showed cartoons instead (two WB cartoons separated by quite a lengthy menu/programme rundown sequence). YTV however continued to show it with significant screen distortion, where it looked like the (looked like 1" analogue) tape wasn't tracking correctly; the speed was all over the place and there were thick dropout lines running up the screen. YTV had a message apologising for the poor quality throughout the second half.
Clearly the regions must have been told by STV that the usual picture quality would not be restored otherwise TT would not have opted out, but that begs the question why did the programme continue to go out in the sub-standard state, and why were different decisions made by the regions on whether to opt out.
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