Right royal glitch: SABC3 says sorry

2012-06-05 00:00

SABC3 has issued an apology to viewers for the lack of commentary on Sunday’s live broadcast of The River Pageant, which was part of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee celebrations. The channel had made arrangements to broadcast the event to viewers with an English commentary, but due to a technical problem between the SABC and its satellite provider, Globecast, the local channel only received visuals and location audio without a commentary track.

“Despite relentless efforts on the part of technicians at the SABC and Globecast, the problem could not be resolved,” said Doulha Domingo, spokesperson for SABC3.

“After more than two hours of compromised coverage, the channel made the regrettable decision to discontinue the broadcast, as the key elements of the pageant had already taken place.

“The root causes of this technical failure are still under investigation, and the channel will ensure that a sustainable solution is implemented for all future live transmissions from overseas.”

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