Accidental fire results in commercial-free TV

An electrical fire at the Munich headquarters of German broadcasting group ProSiebenSat.1 on Tuesday caused havoc with latenight programming at its main channels ProSieben and Sat.1.

A defective cable near a construction site on the second floor of the complex ignited the blaze.

No one was injured, but the accident led to a loss of transmission control, which cut commercials from live shows and caused others to repeat. The live broadcast of ProSieben’s Alpine reality show “Die Alm” was unable to cut to commercial breaks and aired again as soon as it was over. “Akte 20.11,” a consumer protection skein on Sat.1, suffered similar technical problems. It was followed by a repeat of the Champions League soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Zurich that had earlier aired live.

Some 70 firefighters battled the blaze, which also destroyed a water main in the building, causing more damage.

ProSiebenSat.1 said Wednesday that the fire had minimal impact and that normal programming had resumed.

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