Local and National news cock-ups here...


Click for larger image BBC News
Early 1980s
Click for larger image Richard Whitmore gets slightly flustered here as the VT fails to play.

Click for larger image BBC News
1980s
Click for larger image Jan Leeming escapes an exploding light bulb

Click for larger image 9 O'Clock News Trail
21.7.1986
Click for larger image One might conclude that the continuity suite wasn't quite ready for the 9 O'clock News trail. John was definitely ready though.

South Today
1970s


BBC2 Breakdown
1982


Click for larger image BBC Wales
Mid 1980s
Opting out, or not, as the case may be. Before the days of digital television, the default region was BBC South East. Here's two examples of when things didn't quite go to plan at BBC Wales, resulting in a sneak look at how BBC South East do things. 1st clip - BBC Wales News - with Beverley Thompson (Jenni Murray). To begin with a Late Bulletin from BBC Wales or BBC South East, Hmm!
 
2nd clip - BBC Wales News - with Noreen Bray (Jane Markham). This bulletin started so well and then, oh dear who pushed that button! What did happen here?


BBC Wales
Mid 1980s
1st clip - BBC Wales News - with Chris Morgan (Rob Curling). A classic, quick, wake up we're on! Notice how Chris began the Bulletin on time, reading the news to Broadcasting House in Llandaff.
 
2nd clip - BBC South East News - with Steve Clarke. Not really a mistake. BBC Wales opted out for most of the last half of the Breakfast Election Special, showing it on BBC 2 Wales instead. This was the result of the Regional opt at the end of the programme.


Click for larger image BBC1 Closedown
c1987
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9 O'Clock News
1989
Michael Buerk

Click for larger image BBC Weather
1992
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Click for larger image BBC News - Fault
4.7.1995
Click for larger image This election report started out so well until someone accidentally pressed the rewind button on the beta machine. Listen carefully with headphones at 0.38 and you'll hear someone in the background saying "oops"

Click for larger image BBC1 Late Film Fault
25.8.1995
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Click for larger image BBC East Midlands Today
c1996
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Open Air
1997


BBC1 Breakdown - Neighbours
10.2.1997


BBC2 Breakdown
1997


BBC1 Breakdown - Cricket
1998
Here BBC One lost its cricket coverage and its left to Malcolm Garrett-Eynon to fill in

Click for larger image Wales Today
2001
Click for larger image Who turned the lights out in Cardiff Bay? Right up to date with an edition of Wales Today from Friday 26th January 2001. Cardiff Bay disappears from behind Sara Edwards during the main edition of the programme. Nice recovery though!

Click for larger image BBC Wales Breakdown
30.6.2001
Click for larger image Due to a major power failure at Television Centre on the evening of Saturday 30th June 2001, all BBC Channels went off the air for a while. Here's how BBC Wales handled the situation.

Click for larger image Gordon Burns - No Autocue
2007
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Click for larger image CBBC Christmas
2009
Click for larger image Looks like the computer wasn't quite ready for the next CBBC ident.