Channel Nine has confirmed a cyber-attack was to blame for an ongoing disruption to the network’s live broadcasts.
This morning’s edition of the network’s flagship breakfast program Weekend Today could not be aired, with audiences greeted by black screen when they tried to tune in.
Earlier today, a Nine spokesman told The West Australian in a written statement that the network was “responding to technical issues affecting live broadcasting”.
However, Nine has now confirmed it was something more sinister that has affected its broadcast capabilities.
“We were unable to get Weekend Today to air this morning however, have put several contingencies in place to ensure the NRL and our 6pm bulletins will proceed,” the spokesman said.
The network is also asking all employees across the country to work from home until further notice.
Entertainment editor Richard Wilkins took to social media this morning as he was on set.
“What’s happening? Well not much right now! Tech issues @Channel9 this morning…,” he wrote on Twitter. His co-hosts Rebecca Maddern and Jayne Azzopardi also responded online.
Planned broadcasts of 60 Minutes and Married at First Sight are set to go ahead according to the network.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, who appears on Seven, this morning suggested the incident was being treated as a possible cyber-attack.
“Word from inside is it’s being investigated as possible cyber attack….,” he wrote on Twitter.
On Sunday morning the network usually broadcasts live studio based programming from 7am until 1pm with Weekend Today, Sports Sunday and The Sunday Footy Show.
However, the crash meant the schedule was swapped to air reality series Taronga before The Sunday Footy Show.
The network also redirected audiences to its streaming service 9Now, writing on Twitter that it also had “plenty of great shows and series streaming for you this morning so check them out”.
Earlier today the network’s social media accounts were inundated with comments from people asking what was going on.
Comments on Facebook included—“Nice delayed response! In the meantime, all your viewers clicked over to channel 7 this morning!”, and “Finally found what is happening the tv programs on are crap. Why can’t you run some sort of announcement across the bottom of the screen to let people know what is happening”.