Hamilton, Ontario-based television station CHCH apologized Friday for airing roughly 3 minutes of hardcore gay pornography.

The broadcast occurred during the station's local Friday morning newscast.

CHCH news director Mike Katrycz apologized to viewers in a video posted on the station's website.

“First of all, we would like to apologize to our viewers,” Katrycz said in the short clip. “This was a problem that originated, not at CHCH, but at a cable company. Apparently some cable lines had been cut, and in the splicing back together some inappropriate content went on air. Again it was beyond the control of CHCH, but we do apologize to our viewers.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

CHCH viewers commented on the blunder in messages on Twitter.

“Looks like #CHCH dropped the balls on this one,” one message read, while another noted that “CHCH will be changing their call letters to OHOH.”

“I heard the first episode of #CHCH's new show 'Morning Wood' was canceled after only 3 minutes,” another viewer joked.