NBC News suffers audio meltdown during second half of debate
By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links
NBC News experienced significant audio issues at the top of the second half of the Wednesday, June 26, 2019 debate.
- As moderator Chuck Todd tried to ask Sen. Elizabeth Warren the opening question for the hour, errant audio feeds could be heard over him.
- Todd was forced to repeat himself, but when it came time for Warren to answer, the audio issues continued.
- This sent the audience and even the on-stage candidates into laughter.
- Warren was apparently aware of the audio issues too as she appeared unsure of how to answer or if she should start speaking.
- Todd and co-moderator Rachel Maddow asked for the control room to turn off the open mics.
- As the audio issues continued, Todd suggested that the open mics were those used by at least some of the previous hour’s moderators, Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Jose Diaz-Balart.
- NBC eventually opted to throw to a break and returned with the audio issues fixed.