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Public able to talk to Joe Duffy again as phone glitch fixed


Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

JOE Duffy is back on the airwaves and once again able to talk to the public.

RTE was left red-faced yesterday after a technical glitch meant callers couldn’t contact  Liveline.

However, it was business as usual today with the popular radio host able to take calls to his nationwide chat show once again.

Yesterday he was forced to improvise with in-studio discussions and music after he was left to fill almost an hour of airtime when the phone lines went dead.

The radio veteran admitted he was feeling the pressure when the technical difficulty threw him in the deep end live on air.

“Who can hear me, who can hear me? I’m losing my nerve here,” he said on air as he tried to communicate with his listeners.

“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,” he added.

The broadcaster’s RTE colleagues Philip Boucher-Hayes and Drivetime presenter Fergal Keane were drafted into studio to talk about current affairs, while Joe also played music from the Corrs and Van Morrison to pass the time.

The show ended 30 minutes early due to the issues, which last night RTE told the Herald it was still working to resolve.

“It was a technical difficulty the engineers could not fix on time for the broadcast yesterday, but thankfully it is sorted now,” they said.

Speaking on his show after Liveline, Ray D’Arcy revealed there was panic in RTE as they failed to resolve the problem.

“The great thing about Joe being the professional that he is, he sounded unflappable,” he added.

It also appears the Joe wasn’t alone as other shows seemed to have similar technical problems yesterday. Morning show host John Murray told listeners his text machine was not working and asked people not to send in messages to the show.