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SC
scottishtv Founding member Central Reporting Scotland
There was none of this excitement on BBC One Scotland. Everything went out as expected and we got a normal, live voiceover into the News at Six.
LW
LWTfan1968
Does anyone know if NI and Wales were affected? During the Panorama fault they both did something different than network.
DA
dafydd Wales Wales Today
Does anyone know if NI and Wales were affected? During the Panorama fault they both did something different than network.

Not for that issue at the end of Pointless, no.
GO
gordonthegopher UTV Newsline
Northern Ireland was not affected at all.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Northern Ireland was not affected at all.


It's no surprise the nations were not affected, they would have been getting a clean feed of Pointless directly from the server.
Also no surprise that the CAs were normal on the English regions (except London) going into the news.
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CO
commseng London London
I heard it on BBC 1 HD England, so it was confined to that and London SD by what is on here.
She obviously noticed the significant drop in programme audio, and that her talkback mic was live on output by what she was saying.
I don't know how the network directors monitor audio, I assume they use speakers rather than headphones. Lucky it didn't howl round!
SW
Steve Williams
BBC1 is having tonnes of faults lately.

three?


Well, indeed, and the FA Cup one seemingly wasn't their fault either as it was a problem with the feed going out from BT to all broadcasters. So that's two, and I do not think two unrelated faults in two weeks is "tonnes", especially on a channel that has a load of live programmes, regular opt-outs and live announcers all day.

My partner was watching Dave last night and in every single junction for the hour and a half or so they were watching there were no continuity announcements at all, the ECPs were coming on over the credits and the music was dipped in every programme, but there were no announcements there or over any of the idents. That was the case for most of the evening.

So no, I don't agree with the fact there are "tonnes of faults", or that there are any more than there used to be. The difference in the past is that people weren't posting about them all on Twitter and TV Forum.
IS
Inspector Sands
I heard it on BBC 1 HD England, so it was confined to that and London SD by what is on here.
She obviously noticed the significant drop in programme audio, and that her talkback mic was live on output by what she was saying.
I don't know how the network directors monitor audio, I assume they use speakers rather than headphones. Lucky it didn't howl round!

It would have been heard everywhere in England, HD and SD as the nations get their own clean version of the programmes then it wouldn't have been heard there assuming they were using that at the time.

The junction into the news is regional so outside of HD and London that would have been fine

They do use speakers but I would have thought that the combination of it being a talk back mic and that it was mixed with programme audio avoided any howl round, it sounded a bit echoey though
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

They do use speakers but I would have thought that the combination of it being a talk back mic and that it was mixed with programme audio avoided any howl round, it sounded a bit echoey though


If it had been a male voice, it would have sounded a bit like Rob Brydon's 'Small Man in a Box' !
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DB
dbl London London


My partner was watching Dave last night and in every single junction for the hour and a half or so they were watching there were no continuity announcements at all, the ECPs were coming on over the credits and the music was dipped in every programme, but there were no announcements there or over any of the idents. That was the case for most of the evening.

Yep, that was a playout fail, which is being investigated (UKTV recently switched playout to SES in Munich). Quite a few emails from viewers came through
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

They do use speakers but I would have thought that the combination of it being a talk back mic and that it was mixed with programme audio avoided any howl round, it sounded a bit echoey though


I'm trying to think how the talk back system audio can end up polluting the main programme audio ?!

I can only think it became 'acoustically' coupled, perhaps a talkback unit speaker left on in an unoccupied voiceover booth, and the announcer's mic in there somehow routed to Tx ?
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SC
Si-Co Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Just before we heard the talkback, I think there *may* be a bit of a sound glitch as if a switch of some kind had been pressed? Later, during the junction when we hear the director say something like “I’ll turn it off”, I wonder what exactly she was turning off? Did turning this “thing” off also mute the announcer’s mic, hence the clean ident?
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