Channel 4 apologises for technical issues

Thursday, March 4 2010, 17:59 GMT

By Catriona Wightman,

Channel 4 has apologised for technical problems which affected programmes shown last night.

The issues meant that two minutes of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares were lost, and a single still shot was broadcast instead of the beginning of Desperate Housewives.

A continuity announcer apologised for the problems at the end of Desperate Housewives and advised viewers when the programme would be repeated.

BBC News reports that the broadcaster has now explained that the issues were caused by a "technical malfunction".

In a statement, the company said: "Channel 4 apologises for the technical error last night. It was caused by a technical malfunction and we are investigating as a matter of urgency to ensure this does not happen again. A full apology was aired at the end of Desperate Housewives."