It always amazes me that a similar belt and braces approach of having a CD in the machine and ready to go isn't standard practice in these days of computer playout where there always seems to be a hell of a lot of eggs in one basket.
There is.... it's called Coast!
If things are still the same as they were when I worked in playout, every live programme has something scheduled as a standby, usually of varying lengths and something that could replace the whole duration. So there is stuff ready to go, in the days of tape the directors would pick a few standbys to be loaded up in case*, it was just one less thing to worry about if they're needed
The thing is though that they have to be really sure it's going to be a lengthy breakdown to use the standby. No good starting a 10 minute episode of Coast if the line is fixed 30 seconds after it starts. Then again they don't want lots of very short programmes as the director is busy enough
*I remember one standby for a daily programme had been loaded up and left cued so many times that the tape had worn out at the cue point.
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