Widespread Speculation As The Show Goes Off-Air
Fans went into a frenzy of speculation this afternoon when
the Big Brother live feed went completely off-air for hours
The 24/7 live feed is usually available by pressing the red
button on NTL or Sky, but is also available on Freeview and,
at a cost, on the internet.
However, from around 2pm until gone 6pm, there was no footage
of the House transmitted at all; all fans got to see was a
spinning gold logo accompanied by the message 'BIG BROTHER
LIVE is off for maintenance but will return soon'.
Some fans speculated that it had something to do with a helicopter
flying over earlier, while others suggested that there'd been
a big bust-up in the House.
Another (unlikely) theory was that the show was immediately
shut down by Ofcom because Jayne said the worst swear word
possible (the c-word) when describing how she felt about her
It is true that this incident slipped through the net, and
frankly, it makes a mockery of the fact that the sound output
on a huge percentage of the live coverage is being censored
this year, something fans are getting really cheesed-off about.
Channel 4, however, are sticking with the explanation that
it was simply routine maintenance, although it seems a little
unbelievable that the show would need to be off-air for so
long if they were just replacing a few bits of kit.
Hmmm, let the speculation continue...
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