off (the) air

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off (the) air

No longer broadcasting live, as on television or radio. We were discussing the issue off air during the break, and my guest raised some very good points. Please wait until we're off the air before you answer your phone.
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off the air

not broadcasting (a radio or television program). The radio audience won't hear what you say when you're off the air. When the performers were off the air, the director told them how well they had done.
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off the air

Not being broadcast, as in Once they knew they were off the air, the panelists burst out laughing. This idiom, along with the antonym on the air ("being broadcast"), dates from the 1920s, air being considered a medium for radio-wave transmission.
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He said PEMRA had no legal justification to take the private news channel off air during the crackdown against protester belonged to Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) as the channels were operating under the PEMRA's code of conduct.
LAHORE -- A petition demanding for action against Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), for taking private news channels off air, was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday.
Decision to take TV channels off air was a difficult one, says Marriyum Aurangzeb
The 73-year-old broadcaster, a household favourite, claimed he had been made a "scapegoat" after he was taken off air following Dame Janet Smith's review into sexual abuse at the BBC.
The corporation said it stood by the findings of the review and the decision to take Blackburn (pictured) off air at the start of this year, but that he would be back on Radio 2 in January.
All the broadcaster's channels went off air from 9.
Friday Night Dinner returns for a fourth run on July 22 after two years off air - and the Goodmans have some surprises.
June 8, 2016 (JUBA) -- The management of South Sudan's state television ( SSBC ) has cautioned media against disseminating news on the station, which went off air Monday.
The Gender Equality Commissioner Iosifina Antoniou on Monday expressed disappointment that a controversial TV advertisement ran by Jumbo had not yet been taken off air in Cyprus as it had been in Greece, after complaints of sexist innuendos.
FORMER X Factor host Dermot O'Leary thinks Simon Cowell should take the show off air for a year and take it back to its original format.
TWO NEWS channels -- TV9 Kannada and News 9 ( English) -- have been taken off air by cable television operators across Karnataka allegedly at the behest of the Karnataka government for sensationalising crime- related events and for performing sting operations on one of its controversial ministers.
Saudi housewives are the most frugal users of energy in their homes and the most likely to switch off air conditioners and lights, a recent survey found.
So far two stations have been taken off air, with the three media owners determined to ensure copyright enforcement is applied across the region.
According to local sources, the state TV station has been forced off air.
On December 21, Hispasat took Iran's Press TV and Hispan TV off air, and ordered Overon, a subsidiary satellite company, to stop the transmission of the two international TV channels.