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Channel Nine blames ‘technical issues’ for crashing broadcast of Weekend Today

Channel Nine is frantically working to address technical issues that cut Weekend Today’s broadcast across the country this morning and threaten other scheduled shows.
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Rebecca Maddern, Richard Wilkins and Jayne Azzopardi on the set of Weekend Today this morning.
Camera IconRebecca Maddern, Richard Wilkins and Jayne Azzopardi on the set of Weekend Today this morning. Credit: Richard Wilkins/ Twitter
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Channel Nine is frantically working to address technical issues that cut Weekend Today’s broadcast across the country this morning.

This morning’s edition of the network’s flagship breakfast program did not make it to air after an IT crash brought the broadcast to its knees.

Entertainment editor Richard Wilkins took to social media seemingly just as confused as audiences, who told him that all they were watching at home was a black screen.

“What’s happening? Well not much right now! Tech issues @Channel9 this morning…,” he wrote on Twitter. His co-hosts Rebecca Maddern and Jayne Azzopardi also responded online.

While a pre-recorded episode of the Sunday Footy Show is currently on air in WA, a Nine spokesman told The West Australian in a written statement that the network was “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.”

Planned broadcasts of 60 Minutes and Married at First Sight are also set to go ahead according to the network.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, who appears on Seven, has suggested the incident is being treated as a possible cyber-attack.

“Word from inside is it’s being investigated as possible cyber attack....,” he wrote on Twitter.

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.

However, the crash meant the schedule was swapped to air reality series Taronga before The Sunday Footy Show.

The network also redirected audiences to its streaming service 9Now, writing on Twitter that it also had “plenty of great shows and series streaming for you this morning so check them out”.

However, TV news website TV Blackbox is reporting that sources have said “everything has shut down”.

Audiences have not been sympathetic to the crash, with the networks social media pages flooded with hundreds of comments.

Comments on Facebook included—“Nice delayed response! In the meantime, all your viewers clicked over to channel 7 this morning!”, and “Finally found what is happening the tv programs on are crap. Why can't you run some sort of announcement across the bottom of the screen to let people know what is happening”.

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