Flagship BBC political programme delayed due to technical ‘gremlins’

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Flagship BBC political programme delayed due to technical ‘gremlins’

BBC’s Andrew Marr Show was 10 minutes late going on air.


File photo dated 11/05/2016 of the BBC logo. The BBC has to “rebuild trust” following the “misery” caused to TV and radio presenters over its use of personal service companies, MPs have said.
File photo dated 11/05/2016 of the BBC logo. The BBC has to “rebuild trust” following the “misery” caused to TV and radio presenters over its use of personal service companies, MPs have said.

BBC One’s flagship Sunday political programme was 10 minutes late going on air due to technical problems.

The Andrew Marr Show, which was being hosted by Mishal Husain, went on air at 0910, 10 minutes later than planned.

But problems continued as journalist Chris Mason was forced to abandon reading the news headlines minutes after the show began due to the “gremlins”.

Mr Mason read the lead news story, about Natascha Engel quitting as the Government’s fracking tsar, but was forced to give up.

After a brief pause he said: “I’m afraid, Mishal, I’m not seeing any more of this news bulletin. These gremlins, I’m afraid, are continuing and I’ll have to hand back to you.”

Ms Husain said: “We do have a few technical problems this morning, so apologies for that. We have come on air on BBC One a little bit later than we had hoped to.”

Mr Mason later revealed he had “ad libbed around the top story” because he had no paper copy of the bulletin.

He said on Twitter: “The tech glitches meant I didn’t have a paper copy of the bulletin … the autocue worked delightfully in rehearsal … but decided to freeze on the air. So I ad libbed around the top story, but didn’t think it wise to ad lib any further.”

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