Last nights broadcast of Semi-Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, saw multiple broadcasters have issues with their coverage.
Broadcasters across Europe appear to have had technical issues during last nights first Semi-Final. Viewers in the Netherlands and Macedonia have reported that commentary from Tel Aviv was lost for part of the show. Polish viewers were unable to hear Artur Orzech in Tel Aviv, as a result TVP replaced commentary with another person in Warsaw.
While in the United Kingdom and Germany, the feed from Tel Aviv was lost for part of the show. In the United Kingdom, the last few minutes of the show following the announcement of the qualifiers cut out and went to a screen apologising for the loss of the broadcast. While France Televisions also had audio issues during both the Portuguese and Belgian performances.
The last time that a Eurovision broadcast encountered multiple technical issues was in 2011 when Dusseldorf hosted the competition. In 2011, NDR issued a statement saying:
We had our tests on Monday, and everything was working perfectly well. Last night around 20:40, about twenty minutes before the beginning of the show, there were the first signs of something going wrong. It was in a very specific connection between the commentators booths and the main switch.
Source: Twitter / Eurovision.tv
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