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The RTE news was delayed for 10 minutes when tech gremlins struck...

Which meant reading the news via script. Eileen Dunne handled things like a pro though…

RTE’S NINE O’CLOCK news was subject to a ten minute delay last night after the sound desk crashed immediately before broadcast.

The technical issue meant the whole shebang having to be hastily moved to another studio where, to compound matters, there was no working autocue.


But to a professional of Eileen Dunne’s standing no autocue is no problem – she carried the delayed broadcast off with the use of a script.


Kevin Bakhurst, RTE’s deputy director general subsequently apologised to viewers on Twitter, while commending the professionalism of Dunne and all in studio.

All’s well that ends well so, while viewers were especially impressed with the professional manner with which all concerned handled the nightmare scenario.

Well… not everyone was impressed.

Ah well, can’t please everyone.

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