Friday 24 November 2017

'Technical issues' delays RTE's Nine O'Clock News for over ten minutes

Newsreader Eileen Dunne behind her new desk. Photo: Damien Eagers
Newsreader Eileen Dunne behind her new desk. Photo: Damien Eagers
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

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.

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.

Read more: RTE experiences technical glitch on early morning radio show

"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.

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