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WTTW-TV: New Film Inspired By 1987 Hijacking of WTTW's Airwaves

Updated: Jun 10

By Paris Schutz

October 14, 2021



Longtime WTTW fans may remember that back in 1987, our airwaves were hijacked by an unknown TV “pirate” who took over our signal during the “Doctor Who” show — it’s known as the Max Headroom signal hijacking.


Now nearly 34 years later, it’s inspired a new film playing Thursday at the Chicago International Film Festival called “Broadcast Signal Intrusion.” The film will be available to watch in theaters and stream on Oct. 22.



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