Talk about bad timing….
Ian Henderson’s farewell Victorian bulletin, capping off almost 4 decades at the public broadcaster was plagued by technical problems last night which resulted in viewers thrown to the New South Wales edition half way through.
Things began going wrong with the wrong images, screens freezing and an autocue fail.
Henderson, and loyal viewers, were denied his farewell message, prompting them to take to social media to vent.
The tech problems continued into the night with The World replaced with a Sydney bulletin, as was the 11pm news, usually presented from Melbourne. Only last week News Breakfast was late to air due to similar technical problems.
ABC assured viewers ‘Hendo’ would still bid them farewell, tonight.
Updated: ABC statement:
An unexpected technical fault during ABC News Victoria’s 7pm bulletin on Thursday night forced an unavoidable switch to a back-up transmission from ABC NSW.
The timing of this fault during Ian Henderson’s scheduled final bulletin was unfortunate, to say the least. The good news is that Hendo will now be back on air at 7pm tomorrow to present his final, final ABC News Victoria bulletin. We are investigating the cause of the fault and invite everyone to tune in on Friday to give Hendo the farewell he deserves. Our apologies to viewers. As Hendo says: “You gotta laugh.”
Craig McMurtrie, ABC Acting Director News, Analysis & Investigations said: “I’m embarrassed by what happened but Hendo is such a gentleman that the way he took it in his stride is humbling. There is no way we are going to let him go without a proper goodbye, so I invite everyone to watch ABC News Victoria tomorrow night for the farewell he so richly deserves.”