Sunday 22 April 2018

RTÉ concert countdown causes confusion on New Year's Eve

Perfomers Marian Cronin and Aidan Phelan from Réalta Productions. Photo: Arthur Carron
Perfomers Marian Cronin and Aidan Phelan from Réalta Productions. Photo: Arthur Carron
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTÉ has admitted there were some minor problems with its New Year's Eve programme which was broadcast live from Dublin's Custom House Quay.

It began airing the 3Countdown concert from 11.50pm, after 'Imelda May's New Year's Eve Special', with a 30 minute-long show fronted by Sinead Kennedy.

However, some viewers appear to have given it the thumbs-down and claimed it was more of a damp squib than a grand spectacle.

In addition to what RTÉ said was a "loss of signal for a few seconds", viewers said the 10-second countdown to midnight also left a lot to be desired.

Shortly before the start of the new year, a troupe of drummers came on stage after Kodaline had completed their headline performance but there was no clock visible on stage, sparking confusion among some viewers.

At about nine seconds to midnight, Kodaline's lead singer Steve Garrigan dashed back on stage just as an image of a clock was projected onto the Custom House and he helped lead the celebrations for the start of 2018.

Noah (3, left) and Jonah Lynch (19 months) from Malahide at the New Year’s Day Celebration at Custom House Quay. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Noah (3, left) and Jonah Lynch (19 months) from Malahide at the New Year’s Day Celebration at Custom House Quay. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

A total of 40,000 people attended the two-day New Year's Festival.

Irish Independent

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