Belfast Telegraph

BBC's Obama visit live coverage interrupted by Dogtanian music and empty chair

By Gary Fennelly

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.

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