Nine Mel­bourne news crashes

The Australian - - THE NATION - RACHELBAXENDALE

Mel­bourne view­ers of Nine News found them­selves watch­ing a Syd­ney bul­letin last night on a huge Vic­to­rian news day that in­cluded court ap­pear­ances by the ac­cused men in both the Bourke Street ram­page and the Eury­dice Dixon cases.

Mo­ments af­ter the bul­letin be­gan, tele­vi­sion screens went blank be­fore cross­ing to a story from the Syd­ney stu­dio about the res­ig­na­tion of NSW Op­po­si­tion Leader Luke Fo­ley.

About 10 min­utes into the bul­letin, view­ers were re­turned to Peter Hitch­ener in the Mel­bourne stu­dio and the key lo­cal sto­ries, which in­cluded 19-yearold Jaymes Todd ad­mit­ting in court to rap­ing and mur­der­ing co­me­dian Eury­dice Dixon and shock­ing video ev­i­dence in the trial of James Gar­ga­soulas for the al­leged mur­der of six peo­ple in a car ram­page on Mel­bourne’s Bourke Street.

Soon af­ter the di­ver­sion, Nine News Mel­bourne tweeted: “We apol­o­gise for the tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties. We will be on air with @phitch­ener9 shortly.”

Later, when the prob­lem was fixed, it tweeted an­other apol­ogy, invit­ing view­ers to join it live.

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