“Overwhelming” Tech Problems Force CNBC To Simulcast MSNBC For 18 Minutes

By Brian 

What happened to Squawk Box this morning?

Following a long commercial break, the network abruptly switched to a simulcast of MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning at 7:43am. Then 8:01am, CNBC suddenly returned to Squawk. That’s an 18-minute outage.

“In 11 years that I’ve been doing this show, that has never ever happened. We had technical issues that were so overwhelming that it knocked us off the air,” Joe Kernen said.

The hosts didn’t seem to know what had happened. “Everything was gone,” Kernen said.