Cape Town – There were other embarrassing mistakes all through the launch night of ANN7 (DStv 405) but the biggest unprofessional on-screen mess of South Africa's third 24-hour news channel happened at 22:04 on Wednesday night.
Two amateur and awkward looking sports presenters were involved in a cringeworthy on-screen fail, only to start over right from the beginning after a very long promo break, ending the show and starting over as if viewers saw none of it.
There were audio problems right from the start when Game On!, a new type of sports news show started at 22:04 on ANN7 but that was only the beginning. Besides the audio problem things quickly went downhill for the two female presenters.
They were quickly at a loss for words as viewers suddenly heard the floor crew or the control room voice which viewers are not supposed to hear.
Presenter Carolyn Samuels on the left starting making faces, trying to signal the floor crew and control room, then mouthing words, and eventually even talking to people off screen.
Viewers could hear Samuels saying to her co-presenter "Good one" while the sport clip played – something viewers are not supposed to hear.
Once the long sport clip ended – abruptly – more embarrassement followed, first with silence. "Hello." "We're back from the break,” said Samuels, followed by more silence and vacant staring.
There were more sound problems, more control room voice and then Samuels talking to the control room. "Great stuff. Ja, please."
That was followed by more silence, more odd deer-in-the headlights staring and then suddenly Table Mountain.
ANN7 broke away from Game On! and started showing a litany of long promos until Game On! on ANN7 suddenly returned and started right over as if none of it happened.
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