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CNN Denies Reports That Network Accidentally Aired 30 Minutes Of Hardcore Porn

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CNN denied airing 30 minutes of inappropriate content on Thursday night after initially blaming local cable television provider RCN for the mishap, the network clarified on Friday.

"The RCN cable operator in Boston aired inappropriate content for 30 minutes on CNN last night,” the network said in their original statement. “CNN has asked for an explanation."

Two hours later, CNN took the side of the East Coast cable provider and sent The Independent the following statement: "Despite media reports to the contrary, RCN assures us that there was no interruption of CNN’s programming in the Boston area last night."

Viewers were apparently tuning in for a new episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and the show's title took on an entirely new meaning when it was replaced with explicit material starring transsexual pornstar Riley Quinn. The pornstar eventually thanked the network for the reportedly free airtime.

Jeff Carlson, senior VP and general manager of RCN Boston, also told Variety that the company was researching the incident but saw “no evidence” that their CNN feed was compromised in Boston.

The allegations began with one viewer publicly complaining about the mishap on Twitter and posting multiple NSFW images of the pornography online.

“I can't wait until [RCN] wakes up [tomorrow and] realizes that hardcore porn was broadcast on [CNN] instead of [Parts Unknown] tonight,” user @Solikearose wrote.

“Did anyone else with RCN in Boston see the hardcore porn that was broadcast by CNN by mistake?” the user asked on Twitter before making her account private. “Vague update from RCN on the #BourdainPorn incident: everything 'working perfectly,' can’t tell how many households affected.”

The following day, RCN responded to the original complainant on Twitter, asking the user to share their personal information. "We have not had any reports of the programming issue you mentioned on CNN in Boston,” they wrote. “If you're still having an issue with that channel, please DM us your address so we can troubleshoot when you're home."

RCN serves nearly 300,000 subscribers in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Earlier this year, the service provider was acquired for $1.6 billion by the private investment firm TPG.

While the service provider would likely be responsible for the apparent mishap, it isn't the greatest look for CNN. The network recently came under fire after running a headline that included the phrase “If Jews Are People.”

RCN did not respond to The Independent's request for comment.


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