Red Nose Day hit by sound issues as Comic Relief viewers slam ‘awful’ audio

Ben Travis
'Awful sound': Red Nose Day 2017 has been hit by audio issues: BBC / Comic Relief/ Gary Moyes

The BBC’s Red Nose Day special has been hit by sound problems, with viewers questioning the ‘awful' audio.

The live comedy broadcast has been subject to technical issues with some struggling to hear what’s being said.

Some segments have featured muffled audio, while the studio appears to have significant levels of background noise.

Scott Mills and Chris Stark’s Innuendo Bingo also struggled in the tech department during the show.

The duo's comedy bit was plagued by squeaking microphone feedback and echoing noises.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their sound woes, with one claiming the show “sounds like they’re under water”.

Another said “they might need to get some sound guys in” to fix the problems.

The BBC declined to comment, though a spokesperson said: "It's a live studio environment and feedback for the show is fantastic."

This year’s charity special is being broadcast from The O2 in London.

The show’s opening number saw Ed Balls reprise his Gangnam Style routine as part of a La La Land inspired dance number, with comedians including Warwick Davis, Lenny Henry, Greg Davies, Miranda Hart and more taking part.

The evening will also see the long-awaited Love Actually ‘sequel’ from Richard Curtis.

The short is bringing back plenty of the original cast, and will catch up with the rom-com characters 13 years after the end of the film.

BBC One, 7pm