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Gremlin in the works delays BBC NI radio programme's start

Radio show moves into Nolan studio after technical glitch

By Jonathan Bell

Technical difficulties were blamed for Radio Ulster flagship show Good Morning Ulster missing its 6.30am start.

"First for news and the best live sport, this is BBC 5 Live," was the 6.30am wake-up call for Northern Ireland on Tuesday, instead of the familiar chimes of Good Morning Ulster to ease you into the day.

For 30 minutes Rachel Burden and Clare McDonnell discussed the days news on the network radio station while many wondered where their local news show was.

"I think the folks @BBCGMU have slept in...." tweeted one listener. 

"Is this a pay issue?" asked another.

The show took to Twitter to inform listeners it had difficulties in getting on air.

"Have you tried turning it off and on again," joked one user on the social media site.

There was radio silence from the BBC's Ormeau Avenue HQ on all fronts: radio, digital and online. It was not until the all-to-familiar sound of Radio Ulster chimed in at 7am with the show moving into another studio where Stephen Nolan hosts the "biggest show in the country".

"If you turned on at half past six," said host Noel Thompson, "to listen to your favourite programme, I'm sorry but we had some very serious technical difficulties."

The BBC said the problem was with the desk controlling the studio "which was resolved as quickly as possible".

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