RCN denies the possibility that hardcore pornography played instead of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown Thursday night after one woman's tweet went viral.
The national news network reportedly -- and presumably accidentally -- broadcast 30 minutes of adult content instead of the popular travel show, but only in Boston.
According to the Next Web, the content only affected viewers in Boston because the mishap came down the line from east coast content provider RCN.
A viewer took a photo of their television showing what appears to be the content with the label of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown on the screen before tweeting that CNN had broadcast the wrong content when she went back to check on her recording of the show.
CNN aired a marathon of the show Thursday night.
"I can't wait until (RCN) wakes up (tomorrow) & realizes that hardcore porn was broadcast on (CNN) instead of (Parts Unknown) tonight," user @solikearose reportedly tweeted Thursday night.
An RCN representative named Melissa left a string of replies to @solikearose, saying, "Our Twitter team had left yesterday at 6pm EST. Should you need immediate assistance, agents are here 24/7 at 800-746-4726. We have not had any reports of the programming issue you mentioned on CNN in Boston. If you're still having an issue with that channel, please DM us your address so we can troubleshoot when you're home."
The Twitter account has since been made private, with the bio reading, "sorry guys, weirdos sending me hate mail in the wake of #bourdainporn. good luck out there."
Variety reported that Jeff Carlson, senior VP and general manager of RCN Boston issued the following statement Friday:
"Regarding the reported incident involving CNN in Boston, RCN has no evidence this occurrence took place on the CNN feed. We have not had any other reports of this incident other than this single customer’s tweet. Our review of network operations and our call center phone logs during the last evening show no indications that this event occurred on the CNN feed. Only a technical review of the individual’s equipment involved could possibly ascertain how this might have occurred. We’ve confirmed that this one customer’s account is in proper working order."
“Despite media reports to the contrary, RCN assures us that there was no interruption of CNN’s programming in the Boston area last night,” a CNN spokesperson told The Wrap Friday.
Fact and rumor check website Snopes says the claim made by the one customer is unlikely to be true since no other reports have surfaced.
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