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State television power cut caused by system failure at Maspero building: Ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 May 2015
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A power cut which knocked Egyptian state television channels off air briefly on Saturday was caused by a malfunction in the main lighting system of the Maspero building in central Cairo which houses the stations, a senior government official said.

Osama Essran, the deputy minister of electricity and energy, said late on Saturday that the disruption was due to a failure in the main lighting interface of the building complex and in a link to backup feeding devices, according to the state TV website.

On Saturday, a state television official had said that the power cut was caused by a technical problem at a power station, according to union head Essam El-Amir.

This is not the first time that Egyptian television has been taken off air in recent months.

In mid-April, an explosion targeting the electricity pylons supplying Egyptian state-run Media Production City, where most of the country's satellite channels broadcast from, led to a power cut that forced several stations off air for a few hours.

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