In only their second day of broadcasting, new Triple J offshoot Double J, formerly Dig Music, was marred by technical problems, temporarily dropping off the air this morning. Just a day after Music Feeds reported on the official launch of the station, transmission dropped about before noon AEST.
The digital station launched yesterday to the sound of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds‘ Get Ready for Love and has been billed an outlet for music lovers slightly older than Triple J’s 18-24 demographic. As Fairfax reports, technical issues affected both Double J and sister station Triple J.
The drop out occurred during the Triple J Mornings program, with the show’s official Twitter channel dispatching just before midday, “So sorry guys – we’re aware that we’ve had a drop out. Working like mad to fix it and be back with you soon. x.” A subsequent tweet apologised for the drop out.
“Huge apologies for the drop out guys, that’s never happened before on that scale…Sorry.” Double J also took to Twitter to acknowledge the transmission problems just after midday, writing, “Big technical problems at the ABC for both DoubleJ and triplej. Back with you as soon as possible.”
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the station was up and running twenty minutes later. “WE’RE BACK! MyfWarhurst is live on air right now. Thank you all for your patience,” Double J tweeted. Triple J Manager Chris Scaddan told Fairfax that drop outs on both stations were brief.
“There are sometimes small studio problems across the ABC and in this case both Triple j and Double J were briefly off air but both recovered quickly. It was unrelated to the launch,” he said. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Triple J has told Fairfax the outage lasted “only a few” minutes.