No sinister connotations
The letter from Sarah Carmichael headlined, 'Problems on parade' (South China Morning Post, October 12), asked about the technical problems which affected RTHK's relay of the BBC World Service news on October 1.
Our engineers report that severe solar flares cut off the BBC's satellite relay at 1.12pm. This solar activity, which is seemingly particularly active at this time of year, also knocked out the back-up short-wave relay. Our engineers managed to restore the BBC link six minutes later by using a broadcast quality telephone line, and the normal satellite relay was resumed at 1.35.
Engineers from RTHK and the BBC are examining the transmission problems posed by solar flares in an attempt to resolve them.
We would like to assure Ms Carmichael that this breakdown had no sinister connotations, that RTHK's own English language news service carried extensive and uninterrupted coverage of the National Day celebrations.
TERRY NEALON Head/English News and Current Affairs Radio Television Hong Kong