UK's Channel 4 Mysteriously Goes Off Air During Discussion of Superstitions
14:10 GMT 27.10.2021 (Updated: 12:46 GMT 05.08.2022)
Earlier in October, Channel 4 went through another major outage, along with ITV, being down for about an hour.
Channel 4 appeared to go off air in the middle of a discussion on superstitions on Wednesday, showing nothing but a still image, according to media reports.
Viewers shared their confusion online, as for some amount of time they could only see the frozen image of comedian Dane Baptiste, who was sharing his opinion on the topic.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 appears to be broken again and has been showing this still image for some time now. pic.twitter.com/pSORDpjnEr— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) October 27, 2021
Other users could not help but joke about the situation.
Either that or @DaneBaptweets is REALLY taking his time thinking of an answer...— Henry (@henweb) October 27, 2021
It's all a ploy to switch everyone to All4.— Andrew White (@AndrewRWhite) October 27, 2021
(except that's still not working properly either)
The lower third graphic is just screaming for a Freddy Krueger 'welcome to primetime' joke— Damien Ashton-Wellman (@DamienAshton) October 27, 2021
It has since been reported that the channel has resumed working, but is showing programmes with a slight delay.
Following the reports, Channel 4 apologised for the "tech hiccup this afternoon" on its Twitter account.
"We're sorry about our tech hiccup this afternoon and hope you can now view as normal. Further updates will be posted here", the channel stated.
We're sorry about our tech hiccup this afternoon and hope you can now view as normal. Further updates will be posted here.— Channel 4 (@Channel4) October 27, 2021
Earlier in October, Channel 4 and ITV also experienced a major outage, being off air for around an hour. In September, the channel had an issue with providing subtitles, audio descriptions, and sign language translation.