IT'S FAIR to say that Channel 4 has being blighted by problems so far in autumn 2021.
The broadcaster has had several outages which have caused viewers to miss some of their favourite shows.
Is Channel 4 down?
As of October 6, 2021 Channel 4 – along with its subsidiary channels – is currently on air.
However the network went down AGAIN last night (October 5, 2021) during Bake Off.
As fans settled into watching the popular show, Channel 4 went off air and instead was replaced with a message on the screen that read, "Programmes with continue shortly."
Before the show went off air, viewers were also complaining that the subtitles weren't working.
How can I check if Channel 4 is not working?
The best way to check, and also to report a problem, is through Channel 4's Twitter page.
On there the broadcaster will let you know if there is a problem and when it is likely to be solved.
There are also several independent websites that record problems, and how long the broadcaster has been down for.
For example downdetector.co.uk records any on going problems across the live channel, website and app.
When have there been Channel 4 outages before?
The Channel 4 outages began back on September 25, 2021 after the transmission centre in west London was evacuated over a fire alarm.
Since then the broadcaster has suffered several outages which included the final episode of E4's Married St First Sight not being shown on September 30, 2021.
Instead the previous night's episode went out – much to the anger of fans.
On October 4, 2021, Channel 4 released this statement: "On Saturday 25 September 2021, Channel 4’s channels and on-demand services were significantly affected when the fire suppression system was triggered at Red Bee Media, the company that broadcasts our services.
"The building was evacuated and no one was injured, but as a result, we were temporarily off-air.
"Even though all our channels are now broadcasting again, the problems caused by the incident means we are still experiencing issues with programmes and adverts as well as with audio and video quality.
"Since the incident we have also continued to have problems with our All 4 service and are not able to offer any programmes with audio description, subtitles or sign language.
"So, we would like to apologise for any problems you might still be experiencing as you watch your favourite shows.
"We want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to return to a normal service as quickly as possible.
"Until then, bear with us if things don’t always go to plan. We are trying our best."
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