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Glitch forces Expresso to start late

2012-05-17 11:41
Liezel van der Westhuizen
Cape Town – "Did Bob the dog chew the wires?" viewers wondered early on Thursday when SABC3's weekday morning show Expresso failed to start on time, with viewers instead being treated to sad songs on the channel.

Expresso failed to start at the usual 06:00 time on Thursday as technical crew and the SABC frantically tried to get the show on the air.

As 06:00 came and went, shocked viewers were left wondering why Expresso hadn't started and where exactly the problem lay. To fill the dead air, SABC3 instead screened sad music videos for about half an hour.

Major technical difficulties

The cardinal sin of a morning show is to start late. Crew and presenters for morning shows wake up super early and the Expresso team, as well as Morning Live on SABC2, and Sunrise on adhere to an insane early morning routine to get their respective breakfast shows starting on time as viewers wake up.

According to SABC insiders, major technical difficulties on the SABC side kept Expresso from being broadcast, as the Tswelopele Production in Cape Town remained on standby. Expresso eventually started half an hour late.

"Where ARE you guys?" wondered viewer Yvonne Laubser. "What is wrong with my TV set? I can't watch Expresso because it is not broadcasting," said Blice Masetlha. "Are you guys running late today!" wondered Raksha Ramdin.

"By the time the show comes back on I'll be at work. What a way to start my day. I feel incomplete," lamented Roxanne Chatburn.

"Did Bob chew the wires? asked Reyno Momberg as well as John Hawkins, referring to Expresso's in-house dog.

'Our apologies'

"Expresso got off to a late start this morning - and not because the presenters overslept - but rather due to a technical gremlin creeping in," the show says in a statement.

Expresso producer Paul van Deventer says that 10 minutes before Expresso was due to go live, "the final control room had not yet received sound due to a technical error, which meant the show was only able to go live at 06:26".

"While this has never happened before, this is live TV and issues can occur from time to time."

"Our apologies to our loyal viewers - we hope the rest of the show made up for the delay," he says.

"To add a bit of humour to the situation, when the show did go live it started with the presenters in the bed on set pretending they had overslept."

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