View Full Version : Seven Second Delay

04-06-2018, 11:00
Quite a few radio stations have a seven second delay, for their phone-ins, to filter out swearing or libellous talk by their callers

I wonder how this works

04-06-2018, 11:49
I remember Caesar the Boogieman (on Invicta) was always referring to it.

04-06-2018, 19:30
Basically just record it from voice and play it back to broadcast a few seconds later I'd have thought.

04-06-2018, 21:06
I remember TFI Friday supposedly having it in use for the early screenings, though a few swears by guests slipped through.

George 1978
04-06-2018, 22:31
Talk Radio UK used to have this, and people used to listen via their radios when they were taking part in phone ins rather than their telephones. Some presenters used to move on to the next caller when it came to people doing that.

I have wondered whether the radio station itself was on a time delay - for example, when it came to the Big Ben's chimes on New Year's Day, would the new year start at seven seconds after midnight?

Of course, they didn't have this on Going Live! did they? Certainly not when Five Star were guests on there on April Fool's Day in 1989.

Also, I assume that it is how a lot of the +1 channels work as well - play it back with a time delay - one hour in this case.

05-06-2018, 13:11
This also happens on TV ;)

George 1978
05-06-2018, 19:33
This also happens on TV ;)

Yes, it's a good job that Big Ben in the News at Ten opening titles didn't have a second hand on it.