'Bug' causes BBC Blackout

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The BBC Blackout

The BBC's blackout on Saturday night was the result of a fault in the Corporation's backup supply, a spokesman said today.

The "failsafe" system is designed to keep the BBC on air in times of national emergency, but the spokesman said the blackout was caused by a bug in the system and not an overall power failure.

The system had to be rebooted on Saturday because of a problem, with the circuit breakers, which transfer power between the backup system and the transmission suites.

"Clearly, we do not want this to happen again," he said.


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), July 05, 2001

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