BBC One apologises after major technical fail knocks channel off air

Justin Harp
·2-min read
Photo credit: Carl Court - Getty Images
Photo credit: Carl Court - Getty Images

From Digital Spy

BBC One was completely knocked off the air tonight due to a major technical fault.

Those tuning in following The One Show on Monday (November 16) for a special edition of Panorama exploring Joe Biden's election as president were treated to some load problems that interrupted sound and video.

Eventually, the programme was taken off the air completely as the channel instead showed a message apologising for the interruption, as well as a live commentary from the continuity announcer.

"You're watching BBC One, and we're having some problems at the moment bringing you any programmes," he said. "But we will do, as soon as we possibly can… We are working very hard to get our programmes back on the air. As soon as we can, we'll have something for you to watch."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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This continuity announcer first revealed that an episode of Garden Rescue would be substituted instead, before having to correct himself seconds later.

"In fact, we can bring you Panorama now, here it is on BBC One," he explained.

The problems for BBC One weren't actually over, as sound then cut out on Panorama. The BBC was forced to pause the programme once again for the continuity announcer to explain the situation.

"Unfortunately we're having quite a night of it here," he acknowledged.

One viewer wondered: "I wonder if it's just me or are 6 million other people currently watching a red screen?"

"In the old days they'd have some Tom And Jerry [cartoon] at the ready," another joked, with a viewer adding: "This is the most excitement I've had all week."

After yet another pause, Panorama was restarted from the beginning. Digital Spy has reached out to the BBC for clarification on what caused the technical fault.

The significant delay of Panorama until 7.45pm is likely to push back start times of programming throughout the entire evening on BBC One, including EastEnders and Would I Lie To You?.

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