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Steve Williams2,711 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Actually this was from Wednesday 28th February where England played Spain that evening.

Ehiogu had just scored for England before the directors cut to the breakdown slide.


Yes, Uncle Sven's first England match. I remember the picture had been glitching and cutting out for a bit prior to the breakdown, and after the highlights, Des apologised and they showed one of the goals again.
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robertclark1251,388 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Mentioning subtitles earlier, in this thread, I recall an incident from the late 1980s. I was only a child, but had my own TV, and remember one Sunday, network BBC1 was showing the feature length movie version of Porridge on this afternoon, but BBC1 Scotland was showing something else. During that BBC1 Scotland offering, for some unknown reason, I decided to punch 888 on my teletext, and I was able to see the subtitles for Porridge, despite me not seeing the film.

I'm not sure if it was a technical fault, or if the way Ceefax was set up at the time, that was meant to happen, that subtitles could only be networked, despite Scotland opting out to show something else.
Technologist37 posts since 10 Oct 2018
London London
Back in those days subtitles were seen to be "extra"'and there was no consistent way that they were handled ...... usually a region lost them ... and nation had strange ways of bridging things.
So it does not surprise me ....
In the 1990s BBC engineering said that a programme was "video sound and subtitles "
So put in systems which were all the same everywhere to ensure this happened ...
Details in the SMPTE lecture I referenced earlier,
This encouraged regional news etc being subtitled and generally more subtitling ...
And regional Ceefax etc etc.. and had subtitling monitoring ...

But there were still issues ... I remember a Scottish programme being transmitted in the North East which was blanketing a "Panorama" which there was an injunction banning its airing in Scotland .... so it was played down contribution to London Then the reverse contribution to Newcastle and they opted out .... which due to someone having put a cable in the wrong place a week or two earlier so it went out with Panorama subtitles in England
..... much legal arguments but no one complained ...
But I was on standby to get to LHR to get in next plane if required at the Court of Session.
And an intermittent cable in Southampton that the locals seemed incapable of replacing even when sent one (twice) ...... so I sneaked in one night to replace it ...
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DVB Cornwall8,227 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Meanwhile ....

On radio, Scala has been off-air for thirty minutes plus as I write, a long session of silence replaced by crackling, Not Rose.

... back to TV.

EDIT
The whole problem took EIGHTY minutes to resolve in total before Mayo returned to air. Albeit the last twenty minutes of that with a test tape playing.
Last edited by DVB Cornwall on 9 July 2019 8:50pm
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Orry Verducci1,638 posts since 1 Feb 2005
Anglia (West) Look East
Meanwhile ....

On radio, Scala has been off-air for thirty minutes plus as I write, a long session of silence replaced by crackling, Not Rose.

... back to TV.

EDIT
The whole problem took EIGHTY minutes to resolve in total before Mayo returned to air. Albeit the last twenty minutes of that with a test tape playing.

Kiss fell off air around the same time, I happened to be flicking stations and caught it as it cut, although their emergency CD (possibly at the TX) kicked in quickly and they were back on air after half an hour or so. It sounds as if there was a power cut at One Golden Square, or something along those lines.
Steve in Pudsey9,988 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I'm going to suggest that that BBC NI caption was not the standard breakdown slide and was something knocked up for the occasion, given the typo (should be apologises, not apologies).

Presumably they threw that together so there was something on the output when Divis came back to life. I wonder how they managed to rejoin the film where they left it? Assuming it was a network showing rather than a local copy, doing that with no notice in 1998 seems pretty impressive.

Some similarities to this one from Yorkshire 10 years earlier

Write that down in your copybook now.
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