NBC News suffers audio meltdown during second half of debate

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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.