Local TV News Back On Air After Lightning Strike

April 5, 2016

The Bermuda Broadcasting Company’s 7pm local newscast was back on TV screens this evening — after a powerful lightning strike damaged vital equipment.

Critical components in the TV Master Control Room were knocked out by the storm, and since then staff at the Fort Hill station have been working flat out to make repairs.

Chief Operating Officer Patrick Singleton spearheaded efforts to restore local television news, and he said: “We are glad to be able to get the news back on the air so soon. Thanks to a lot of hard work and resourcefulness, the television signal has been restored.”

The replay of this evening’s full newscast is below:

Acting CEO David Hills added: “We are extremely grateful for the patience, support and understanding of our viewers and advertisers during this challenging time.”

While local TV news was off the air, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company struck up a partnership with Bernews, which provided an online platform for its news and sports stories, and the BBC augmented this move by posting editorial content on its Facebook page and dedicated YouTube channel.

Further repairs to the BBC’s TV automation systems, master control room, terrestrial playout and radio stations are ongoing and will continue for the next few weeks.

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  1. Awesome! says:

    I know that the TV station is back up and running which is great and kudos to all those that helped to resolve this matter in such a timely fashion. However, this idea of replaying the nightly new on Bernews is awesome! Is there anyway that this can continue?