Band to play on at the end of the world

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

A TOP telly news sta­tion recorded an ‘End of the World’ tape to be broad­cast in the event of a hu­man­ity-de­stroy­ing catas­tro­phe, it has emerged.

Bosses at CNN shot footage of a band play­ing a som­bre dirge and left in­struc­tions that the ‘last liv­ing em­ployee’ should make sure that it was trans­mit­ted.

The as­ton­ish­ing vid has been leaked by Michael Bal­la­ban, who was an in­tern at CNN in 2009.

The footage, la­belled ‘Dooms­day’, shows the mil­i­tary band play­ing be­fore fad­ing to black,

Many be­lieve it was com­mis­sioned by CNN founder Ted Turner who said upon launch­ing the net­work in 1980: “We gonna go on air June 1, and we gonna stay on un­til the end of the world.

“When that time comes, we’ll cover it, play Nearer, My God, to Thee, and sign off.”

Bal­la­ban adds: “There is no date at­tached, but the ti­tle reads ‘TURNER DOOMS­DAY VIDEO’. The file also reads, ‘Hold For Re­lease till end of world con­firmed’.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.