broadcast delay

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broadcast delay (countable and uncountable, plural broadcast delays)

  1. (broadcasting) A very brief postponement, achieved by technical means, often used in the public broadcasting of live radio or television programs in order to provide sufficient time to edit out undesired content, such as profanity or coughing.
    • 2005, Jeremy Pelofsky, "FCC chairman Powell says he'll resign in March," USA Today, 21 Jan. (retrieved 24 Feb. 2009):
      Some networks have started using a broadcast delay on live programs to catch any offensive material before it aired.