‘What’s happened now’ GB News hosts left scrambling as tech errors cut off Plymouth report
14th August 2021

GB News: Interview cuts off midway due to tech issues

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Isabel Webster and Paul Hawkins were the two GB News hosts fronting Saturday’s The Great British Breakfast. And the pair had a number of new stories to deliver, including the horrific Plymouth shootings which took place on Thursday. However, when hearing the latest from reporter Duncan Sleightholme, a series of errors meant the two had to cut off their colleague – but the blunders didn’t stop there.

The shootings carried out by Jake Davison has become the worst mass shooting in Britain since 2010, with two women, two men and a three-year-old girl dying as a result.

The 22-year-old carried out the horrific shooting spree on Thursday evening in the Keyham area of the city.

On Friday evening, the community came together to take part in a vigil for those who tragically lost their lives.

And GB News’ Duncan provided an update from the town, telling Isabel and Paul: “This event would have been tragic wherever this happened but this is a close-knit community in the heart of the naval city of Plymouth. 

“Here, lots of people know each other and in this case, lots of people live by and know the victims of this terrible tragedy from Thursday night.

“Last night, they came together in a park just near here, a short distance away from where the shootings took place on Thursday night and they held their phones alight with their torches on, 

“They held candles in the air as they reflected on those innocents lives tragically lost on Thursday night, the people who were shot and killed by Jake Davison.”

As the segment continued, Paul was keen to hear from Duncan about the local reaction to the news that the gunman had had his gun license revoked and returned prior to the attacks.

“Very quickly, speaking to the people of Plymouth as you were last night,” the GB News jumped in.

“Obviously a lot of credit goes to the police for running towards danger at the beginning,

“But now questions being asked of the police. How are people there feeling about the police? 

However, as Duncan could be seen responding, his words couldn’t be heard as a ringing tone played instead.

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“What’s happened now?” Isabel said while Paul stepped in: “We’re having a problem with Duncan’s sounds there.

“Never mind, but yeah, questions being asked about the police, about giving the gun and the gun license back to the gunman himself.

“But also credit to the police as well for running to danger when this happened,” Paul continued but at this point, his voice became distorted.

Instead, noise from behind the scenes could be heard over Paul and Isabel as voices from crew members off-camera began to drown out the GB News hosts.

But it wasn’t just Paul as when Isabel tried to tee up a segment about the Taliban’s progress in Afghanistan, her voice again couldn’t be heard.

Eventually, the sound issues were resolved and Paul and Isabel were able to deliver on the latest headlines. 

However, this isn’t the first time tech errors have plagued the channel, with the likes of Andrew Neil, Simon McCoy and Alastair Stewart addressing the mishaps on-air.

The Great British Breakfast airs daily at 6am on GB News.

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