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BBC One announces ‘quite a night of it’ after technical difficulties

‘2020 claims BBC One’: Beeb’s flagship channel goes OFF air with EastEnders delayed by 14 minutes – as viewers vent their frustration and continuity announcer admits: ‘We’re having quite a night of it here’

  • Problems with the BBC ‘s flagship channel delayed the beginning of Panorama  
  • ‘Technical issues’ forced EastEnders to start 14 minutes later than scheduled
  •  Those who tuned in were greeted by a red screen with an apology message 
  • Continuity announcer said: ‘Unfortunately we’re having quite a night of it here’ 

BBC One was plunged off-air for ten minutes this evening as ‘major technical issues’ forced EastEnders to start 14 minutes later than scheduled.

Problems with the BBC’s flagship channel delayed the beginning of Panorama and prompted the evening’s continuity announcer to admit: ‘Unfortunately we’re having quite a night of it here.’

Those who tuned in were greeted by a red screen and a statement reading: ‘We are sorry for the break in this programme and are trying to correct the fault.’ 

The BBC has apologised for the issues and says its programming is still running five minutes behind.

The technical difficulties sparked a flurry of Tweets from agitated viewers – with ITV’s Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid joking that: ‘2020 has claimed BBC One.’

Others quipped that the issue was ‘the best live TV’ they had seen in a while.

BBC One was plunged off-air for ten minutes this evening as ‘major technical issues’ forced EastEnders to start 14 minutes later than scheduled.  Those who tuned in were greeted by a red screen (pictured) and a statement reading: ‘We are sorry for the break in this programme and are trying to correct the fault’

The technical difficulties sparked a flurry of Tweets from agitated viewers - with ITV's Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid joking that: '2020 has claimed BBC One'

The technical difficulties sparked a flurry of Tweets from agitated viewers – with ITV’s Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid joking that: ‘2020 has claimed BBC One’

The announcer, believed to be Delroy Haynes, saved the day for the BBC and chipped in every so often to reassure viewers. 

A BBC Spokesperson said: ‘Unfortunately major technical issues delayed the start of Panorama this evening. The BBC One schedule is now running five minutes late – we apologise to viewers for the disruption.’

Viewer James Coppin wrote on Twitter: ‘This is the most excitement I’ve had all week #BBCOne.’

Izzy Scarlett Byrne added: ‘BBC One is broken and this is honestly the best live TV I’ve had in weeks listening to the voiceover guy panic whilst updating everyone.’ 

Dan Jones joked: ‘Best thing I’ve seen on BBC One in ages’ while Kristen added: ‘Best thing to come out of 2020 is the absolute mare BBC One have just had’.

Susanna Reid also joined in the conversation on Twitter, saying: ‘2020 has claimed BBC One.’ 

 

Twitter users delighted in the diffuclties the BBC experienced this evening, stating it was 'the best live TV in weeks'

Twitter users delighted in the diffuclties the BBC experienced this evening, stating it was ‘the best live TV in weeks’

Others took to Twitter to share their frustration about the delay to EastEnders, with one person saying: ‘BBC why is Eastenders not on? I’m not paying my TV licence to watch Panorama!’ 

Some people took the opportunity to praise the cool-headed announcer with one saying: ‘Tell Del that they just made my month. Definitely a much deserved drink due.’ 

The channel began having problems when the One Show finished and was forced to put up an error message.

Shortly after, the announcer tried to reassure viewers that normal programming would resume as soon as possible but they were left waiting for several minutes. 

The announcer spoke intermittently to keep viewers updated. He said: ‘We’re having a slight technical difficulty at the moment we’ll try to get it sorted as soon as we possibly can.’ 

Twitter users joked about the constant stream of errors the team at the BBC One appeared to be experiencing

Twitter users joked about the constant stream of errors the team at the BBC One appeared to be experiencing

Other viewers shared hilarious memes depicting what must be going on inside BBC headquarters

Other viewers shared hilarious memes depicting what must be going on inside BBC headquarters

The BBC then tried to get the Panorama episode ‘Can Biden Unite America?’ on. 

They had several failed attempts – including one which saw the audio fail on the programme. 

In response, Mr Haynes said: ‘Unfortunately we’re having quite a night of it here so do bare with us we have a few technical problems. We are working on them and we hope to sort them as soon as we possibly can.’   

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