A technical mistake caused a 3-week old news bulletin to be broadcast on Radio Nova on the evening of Sunday April 12th.
Nova’s newsreader on the day was Michael Dunne. However, instead of the usual “news wrap”, the bulletin broadcast at 7pm on the station was a replay of an evening roundup from Friday March 20th, presented by regular weekday newsreader John Harte.
The bulletin, which led into the Steve Downes hosted show “The Classics”, featured 3-week old stories including mid-trial details of requests from the defence in the infamous Graham Dwyer murder trial (which reached a guilty verdict on March 27th), the near-total solar eclipse which took place on the morning of March 20th, and the anti-water-charges marches which were due to take place the next day.
You can hear the bulletin here:
The mistake was spotted by eagle-eyed tweeter Brian Daly (among others), who said:
.@radionova100 Think that “latest news” bulletin you just played at 7pm was from March 20th. Are you doing a “reeling back the weeks”?
— Brian Daly (@brian_daly) April 12, 2015
The issue was rectified shortly afterwards and the 8pm and subsequent bulletins up to midnight again featured Michael Dunne reading up-to-date stories.
When contacted by RadioToday, Nova CEO and Programme Director Kevin Branigan said it was “great to hear people are so interested in NOVA!”