Thursday 26 April 2018

You can't talk to Joe! Liveline host Joe Duffy tells listeners he can't take calls

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

RTE's Joe Duffy proceeded to carry out his Liveline programme as a one-man show today following technical problems at the national broadcaster.

The popular radio host was unable to take calls to his nationwide chat show, despite being able to begin a discussion with two guests at the beginning of the programme.

"Who can hear me, who can hear me? I'm losing my nerve here!" he said on air as he attempted to communicate with callers.

Duffy joked the technical problems were as a result of the 'Russborough House curse'.

"It's since we've been trying to cover the Russborough House, people talk of the curse... it's since we started covering it, this is what's happening," the exasperated host joked.

"The decision was made last week to sell a number of the valuable paintings in the house, it caused uproar and it's been rumbling on the past few days.

"These problems started when we tried to cover the story!"

The host proceeded to invite fellow RTE journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes into the studio as they discussed the day's news.

"It's a bit of a jinx. The phone lines have gone for some strange reason. There's about 50 people trying to fix it as we speak," Duffy added before he opted for music and played a Corrs' hit.

Earlier on today, RTE appeared to hit some technical problems in other programmes.

Morning show host John Murray told listeners his text machine was not working and asked people not to send in text messages to the show.

And a news bulletin also began with the newscaster greeting listeners before telling them: "I've just received my bulletin."

At 230pm, Joe Duffy told listeners that the afternoon show would have to end a half hour earlier than usual.

"Unfortunately we have to clear the studio as we have to completely rejig the phone studio that has collapsed on us today and we need to get it back up and running.

"It's going to take some time and a lot of technicians.

"Sincere apologies, this has never happened before but these things do happen.

"We'll be back tomorrow come hell or high water."

A spokesperson for RTE said, "We're experiencing technical difficulties at the moment and we'll try and get them resolved as soon as possible".  They confirmed the issues are with the phone lines.

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