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Technical issues pull Nine’s live programming off air, including Weekend Today

The Nine Network cannot produce any live shows today due to a system shutdown
This mornings edition of Weekend Today has not gone to air due to technical issues at Nine’s new state-of-the-art building in North Sydney
Nine Newsroom North Sydney (image – Buildcorp)

Channel 9 employees are in a state of chaos this morning after a massive I.T. crash brought the entire network down.

On Sunday morning the network usually broadcasts live studio based programming from 7am until 1pm with Weekend Today, Sports Sunday and The Sunday Footy Show.

It’s unlikely any of these shows will get to air today. Sources tell TV Blackbox that “everything has shut down”.

Not only is the I.T. issue affecting the broadcast ability of these shows, but also the systems used to prep each program and the issue is network wide, not just limited to Sydney

Due to technical issues Weekend Today is unable to air at this time. #9Today

— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) March 27, 2021

Of major concern is the main 6pm bulletin. The technology is so integrated into the broadcast of each bulletin it is literally impossible to play clips and add supers.

TV Blackbox understands Producers and executives are eagerly waiting for an update from engineers.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford is reporting the incident is being treated as a possible cyber attack.

Word from inside is it’s being investigated as possible cyber attack….

— Peter Ford (@mrpford) March 27, 2021

The network issued a statement (9am):

“Due to technical difficulties we are unable to broadcast our scheduled programming. We will return to normal programming ASAP.”

An updated statement gave a little more certainty they were starting to get on top of the issues (11:45am):

“Nine is responding to technical issues affecting live broadcasting. At this stage we are working through the impacts across the network and will provide an update as we resolve the systems. NRL, 6pm News Bulletins and our evening schedule will proceed as normal.”

*This post updates

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