Sunday 21 January 2018

Something's gone wrong ... and it's not my fault

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

I know that none of you care about the trials and tribulations of live TV and you probably think I am overpaid for doing something any of you could do better. Putting all that aside, I had an interesting moment -- a few moments actually -- before Christmas when the whole transmission went down a few times in the middle of The Saturday Night Show.

It's very casual when it happens. There is no sound of a fuse exploding or that sound of machinery shutting down that you would expect in a power cut in a film. It just happens.

Ciaran the floor manager just looks calmly at you and tells you to stop. "We're off the air". And you're not supposed to talk because anything you say could be going out on air or could start going out on air any minute.

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