Channel 4 went off air briefly, just weeks after the station suffered a major outage that caused the same problem.

The channel crashed during an edition of Steph’s Packed Lunch where those who were watching were left with a frozen screen of Dane Baptiste midway through the programme.

Viewers have shared that the channel has been showing as off-air, with a card up reading ‘programmes continue shortly.’

However, the interruption to the broadcasting didn't last too long as Countdown then begain showing around seven minutes later.

One viewer posted on Twitter: "Hi Channel 4, just please get it sorted in time for Four in a bed @ 5pm....Grazie..."

Another wrote: "So @Channel4 is now running 7 mins behind after an outage since just after 2pm. Anne talking about black cats and superstition....."

It was only a few weeks ago that the broadcaster had technical issues with its main channel and More4 channel.

They have not yet put out a statement on the problem that occureed today.