FROM THE ARCHIVE OF: The TV Room
This is what went out on BBC One Northern Ireland analogue at 6.55pm.
[00:00:00] PROGRAMME: the local news programme – BBC Newsline – comes to a close. Presenters: Noel Thompson and Rose Neill.
It’s believed the regional news programmes began a little earlier than usual, due to the fact that network BBC One was stuck on an apology caption, as the BBC News at Six fell off air half way through, when the BBC’s back-up generator caught fire.
Instead of transmitting Newsroom South East, network BBC One cut to the back-up playout facility in Birmingham. From there, an episode of Dad’s Army was played out. Other than BBC One South East, all other BBC One regions and nations managed to broadcast their planned regional news programmes.
[00:00:13] PROGRAMME: here we see BBC One Northern Ireland analogue cutting back to the network feed, which was still showing the episode of Dad’s Army.
Paul Reid was the continuity director/announcer on duty on BBC One Northern Ireland that evening. He made this comment about the 6.55pm junction in a tweet (3rd April 2021): “With no talkback from London or Birmingham, the only thing I could do at the end of Newsline was to opt back to Dad’s Army, and keep my fingers crossed that someone somewhere was making TV happen.”
[00:00:41] PROGRAMME: without warning, we then cut to the Euro 2000 programme. This programme started a few minutes earlier than scheduled.
We see the Euro 2000 opening title sequence, followed by the opening introduction from Gary Lineker.
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PICTURED: Euro 2000 opening titles. COPYRIGHT: BBC.