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Channel 4 plagued with further tech issues as viewers report disruption to Frasier


Frasier fans weren’t happy on Friday (Picture: Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Frasier is the latest show to be the victim of technical problems on Channel 4 after viewers reported sound issues during a repeat broadcast.

In recent days, the broadcaster has suffered from a number of various technical glitches, much to the frustration of fans.

The issues, which started at the weekend due to an ‘incident’ stopped transmission, as the problem continued into Sunday and subsequently into this week, including just minutes before the latest episode of Bake Off – the horror.

But on Friday morning, more viewers reported issues on social media site Twitter as they tuned into a repeat of Frasier.

‘@Channel4 is there a problem with the #Frasier recording/playout?

‘The vision isn’t too bad, but the clicking is really annoying!’ one Twitter user said.

Attached to the tweet was a video recording of their TV set, where clicking noises could be heard on top of the programme’s sound.

Another viewer stated: ‘I had to turn it over,’ after experiencing the same problem.

‘It’s finally happened. #Channel4 have played #Frasier so many times, they have worn it out. #channel4,’ joked a third.

On Thursday night, fans of reality series Married At First Sight were left baffled when the previous night’s episode aired for the second night in a row.

The show was meant to air its series finale on Thursday night but viewers still are yet to see whether their favourite couples end up together for good after Channel 4 eventually said they would reschedule.

E4 was left in chaos during a broadcast of Married At First Sight on Thursday evening (Picture: Channel 4)

A tweet from E4’s official account joked about the mishap suffered, confirming it would broadcast the correct episode on Friday evening.

It read: ‘Okay, here’s the teaser for tonight’s episode (again). The twist is we’re actually going to play it this time. #MAFSUK – the finale. Y̶e̶s̶t̶e̶r̶d̶a̶y̶  Tonight at 9pm.’

Channel 4 and More4 initially went off air on Saturday, with Channel 5 also facing technical issues.

Red Bee Media, which handles playout services for Channel 4 and Channel 5, said the disruption was due to an ‘activation of the fire suppression systems’ on Saturday evening.

A spokesperson said: ‘We confirm that all staff at our Broadcast Centre in west London were safely evacuated following activation of the fire suppression systems.

‘As a result of this incident and the automatic safety measures set in motion at the time, several services originating from the Broadcast Centre have been disrupted.

‘London Fire Brigade attended the scene, and once they had determined that the building is safe, people were allowed to return to the building.

‘We are continuing to work to restore all services and remedy any issues caused by this incident.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Channel 4 for comment.

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