BBC Wales has been affected by a power cut this evening. BBC Wales Today failed to appear at 6.30pm and was quickly replaced by BBC Northern Ireland’s BBC Newsline. BBC One Northern Ireland output went out on BBC One Wales between 6.30pm and 8pm.
From 6.30pm, BBC Two Wales was replaced by BBC Two Network output.
A local programme due to go out at 7.30pm on BBC One Wales – Weatherman Walking – was postponed and replaced by an edition of Garden Rescue, which was being broadcast by BBC One Northern Ireland (and BBC One Network).
During EastEnders, BBC One Wales switched formally to disaster recovery mode, with a continuity suite in Belfast now controlling the channel’s output. This enabled BBC One Wales-branded trails and idents to be resumed. BBC NI head of presentation, Mark Simpson was in the announcer/director chair.
The BBC Wales Today headlines at the top of the BBC News at 10 were replaced by Sportsday headlines (as usually broadcast on the BBC News Channel, instead of regional news headlines).
The BBC Wales Today bulletin at 10.25pm was broadcast from Cardiff studio C2 as planned – and was extended slightly, presumably to compensate for the loss of the 6.30pm programme. Presenter Jennifer Jones read from paper scripts throughout the bulletin – autocue appeared to be unavailable.
Lower-thirds were also absent. However, BBC Northern Ireland was still in control of overall output for BBC One Wales at this stage.
Moments after joining the BBC News Channel, BBC Northern Ireland put up their cue dot in the top right corner of the screen, in readiness for being removed from the distribution chain for BBC One Wales. BBC Northern Ireland playout was disconnected at 2.40am:
A short time later, BBC Wales playout came back online:
PICTURED: an image from the BBC loop usually played out on the clean feed of BBC One and BBC Two during junctions. It appeared on BBC One Wales instead of BBC Wales Today initially this evening. COPYRIGHT: BBC.
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