BBC's Obama visit live coverage interrupted by Dogtanian music and empty chair
BBC News Channel viewers were given a nostalgic treat on Friday afternoon as live coverage of Barack Obama's visit to the UK was interrupted by the Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds theme tune and video footage of an empty chair.
The US president was at Downing Street for talks with David Cameron focused on the fight against Isis.
As Bangor-born presenter Maxine Mawhinney introduced correspondent Vicky Young for a live piece from Downing Street viewers were instead presented with an empty chair sitting in a studio.
Music from the Mysterious Cities of Gold was then played followed by Phillip Schofield introducing the 'last ever episode,' and John Craven's Newsround.
Completing the magical journey back to the 80s was the theme tune to the classic cartoon Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds.
When live coverage of Obama's visit eventually returned no explanation for the bizarre interruption was given.
A BBC spokesperson said: "There was a rare technical issue, which we quickly corrected. We apologise to viewers for the brief interruption."
Twitter users have been quick to react with many users responding positively to the brief return to the 80s.
Here is the news... https://t.co/W0PcIhEK72— Tom Poole (@TomPoole007) April 22, 2016
It's not every day you hear the theme tune to Dogtanian and the Three Muskerhounds on @BBCNews. Most unusual fault.— Lee (@yelnats_eel) April 22, 2016
Actually it was good fun hearing those classic 80's cartoon tunes so thanks guys! I'll have that bloody Dogtanian tune in my head all night!— Αυγή (@ninjarob01) April 22, 2016
Did anyone else just see BBC news cut to an empty chair with 'Dogtanian and the 3 Muskehounds' theme tune playing in the background?— 1dmc (@onedmc) April 22, 2016
What just happened to BBC News? Suddenly an empty chair and Cities of Gold/ Dogtanian music?!— tim c (@timchech) April 22, 2016
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