A technical glitch left viewers of Channel Nine’s 6pm Sydney news bewildered after they found themselves watching Melbourne’s news bulletin instead.
Channel Nine apologised on Wednesday night for “technical issues” that led to television screens going black across Sydney.
Anchor Georgie Gardener managed to read her opening lines before she was interrupted by the glitch.
The feed then cut to some advertisements before switching to Nine’s Melbourne broadcast, hosted by Peter Hitchener.
In the particularly Melbourne-centric broadcast, Hitchener was discussing AFL player Sam Mitchell’s potential trade to the West Coast Eagles.
— Carrington Brigham (@DigitalMediaBoy) October 12, 2016
@SteveMolk didn't want to overtweet about it but Sydney nine news transferred to Melbourne news again..
— Ben Ross (@Barca_Raiders) October 12, 2016
— Sally Rawsthorne (@sallyrawsthorne) October 12, 2016
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The issue was fixed swiftly and Nine apologised to viewers in a tweet, thanking them for their patience.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) October 12, 2016
Hitchener, who was a welcome change for many Sydney viewers, also addressed the glitch, telling one Twitter follower: “I believe there were one or two technical difficulties in the Sydney control room.”
— Tim ⚽ (@TimothyJ_23) October 12, 2016