Broadcasting top level sports events is a tough business. There are countless elements that go into producing a quality production on the day, the vast majority of which the general punter wouldn't even consider.
RTÉ are top notch in this regard and always put on a great show, be it the quality of the broadcast, punditry, or the feed in general. Of course, the nature of the best is that things can sometimes go wrong live on air.
We saw one such example of that ahead of Ireland's Six Nations clash against France this afternoon.
RTÉ technical difficulties leads to hilarious Six Nations moment
RTÉ were going through their buildup to the big Six Nations game this afternoon, with the punditry trio of Jerry Flannery, Stephen Ferris, and Jamie Heaslip working alongside presenter Jacqui Hurley.
When they cut away to a quick analysis breakdown from Bernard Jackman, the broadcaster soon experienced some issues with its audio feed.
There was no sound at all for a few seconds, but when it returned, the audio sped up in order to catch up with the images on screen. The result of that was a fairly hilarious Jerry Flannery segment, where it sounded as though he was attempting to do his best impression of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
You can watch the clip below.
It sounded like Jerry Flannery got a bit overexcited on RTÉ ahead of Ireland's game against France 🤣 #IREvFRA pic.twitter.com/owR0DEhm4f
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) February 11, 2023
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Quite a few viewers found the whole thing pretty funny.
@jerryflannery sound great on the telly box today 😂 helium 🍻
— CHRIS DOHERTY (@GRANDSLAM2009) February 11, 2023
Anyone else’s sound fucked up on RTE 🤣🤣 #IREvFRA
— Kelsey Kavanagh (@kelskav01) February 11, 2023
flannery the chipmonk
— Berger (@GaliWalsh) February 11, 2023
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Thankfully, the issue was quickly cleared up and the broadcast returned to normal.
Jerry Flannery is an excellent pundit, although you can't but wonder how much more entertaining he would be if this became a permanent fixture of his analysis on RTÉ. It would certainly add an extra dimension to the coverage moving forward, although we're not sure if the man himself would be all that keen on it.