ITV has come out and apologised after its ITV1 HD broadcast of last night’s Champions League semi-final was interrupted during extra-time.
The incident happened in the third minute of extra time of the semi-final match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich game, pictures cut to ITV newsreader Mark Austin preparing for the News At Ten.
An ITV spokesman said a “technical fault… resulted in a brief break in transmission… We would like to apologise for this interruption to the game.”
ITV Commentator Peter Drury also made an apology on air during extra time. The problem, which only affected London and South East viewers, saw Austin standing in the news studio, fiddling with the buttons on his suit and staring into the distance. He tweeted himself saying: “Button tending is an underrated habit.”
Forums and twitter went mad with viewers of complaint. This isn’t the first time there has been problems with live ITV Football. At the 2010 world cup ITV1 HD viewers missed Steven Gerrard’s goal for England in the World Cup match against the USA.
As well as that in 2009 some viewers also missed the winning goal in the Liverpool v Everton FA Cup tie when coverage cut to an ad-break in some regions.
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