Fire at German Network ProSiebenSat.1 Disrupts Broadcast of Champions League, Reality Show

Top-rated soccer match airs ad-free after fire forces evacuation of broadcast headquarters near Munich.

COLOGNE, Germany -- A fire at the headquarters of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 disrupted programming at the group's Pro7 and Sat.1 networks. The Pro7 Alpine reality show Die Alm was dropped after the first commercial break because the network, due to the fire, was unable to access the broadcast signal for the show.

There were also problems with Sat.1's broadcast of last night's Champions League match between FC Bayern Munich and Zurich. The game, which won the evening's ratings race with 5.8 million viewers and a 22 percent market share, was inadvertently re-broadcast around midnight and aired ad-free. The fire, apparently set off during construction work on ProSiebenSat.1's headquarters, damaged a water main, leading to water damage on several floors. According to the network, there were no injuries.