'Technical issues' delays RTE's Nine O'Clock News for over ten minutes
Published 05/10/2015 | 21:18
The Nine O'Clock News on RTE defied its own title by starting a little later than usual last night.
While viewers waited for their news bulletin and evening offering from the national broadcaster, none came for a full 11 minutes.
We are having some technical difficulties bringing you this evenings RTE main evening @rtenews, we apologise for any inconvenience.— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) October 5, 2015
Initially showing a blue backdrop screen and RTE logo with no sound, the station then cut to advertisements citing "technical issues".
Newsreader Eileen Dunne was forced to read the news from a paper script on her desk rather than from the teleprompter.
Deputy Director General at RTE Kevin Bakhurst turned to Twitter, offering an explanation for the glitch.
RTÉ's Eileen Dunne shows her total professionalism despite station's obvious technical probs— John Downing (@JohnDowning2) October 5, 2015
"Apologies for delay to 9pm News - I'm told sound desk in news studio crashed and we had to move studios," he said.
RTE then tweeted from their official account to confirm the problem and subsequent move.
"Apologies again for the delay on the Nine News, due to a problem with the sound desk and a subsequent required move of studio," the post read.
Eileen's professionalism was applauded online "for playing a blinder" without an autocue, which was in use later in the show.