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Episode 253

Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion
Fri, 2018-Jan-12 01:19 UTC
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The random article for Friday, 12 January 2018 is Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion.

The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion was a television signal hijacking occurring in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on the evening of November 22, 1987, involving at least two unknown individuals. It is an example of what is known in the television business as broadcast signal intrusion. Two Chicago television stations had their broadcast signals hijacked by an unknown person wearing a Max Headroom mask and sunglasses. A homemade Max Headroom background rocked back and forth in the background. The intruder was successful in interrupting two broadcast television stations within the course of three hours. The first incident took place for twenty-five seconds during the sportscast on the nine o'clock news on WGN-TV Channel 9, and the second, two hours later, after eleven o'clock on PBS affiliate WTTW Channel 11 for about ninety seconds during a broadcast of the Doctor Who episode "Horror of Fang Rock".

The second pirate broadcast, which lasted ninety seconds and pre-recorded on videotape, featured the individual parodying WGN and television in general. The hacker rambled on making reference to Headroom's endorsement of Coke, the series Clutch Cargo, and WGN anchor Chuck Swirsky, then pretended to defecate as a "masterpiece for all the greatest world newspaper nerds", a reference to WGN's call letters ("World's Greatest Newspaper"). The video ended with the hacker’s exposed buttocks being spanked with a flyswatter by an accomplice before normal programming resumed.

The incident made national headlines and the people responsible have never been identified.

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