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KTLA 5 Breaking News - Interruptions

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Review by bjack91 on 2012-09-14
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ALTADENA, CALIFORNIA -- It is becoming very annoying that the "breaking news" just interrupts daily television shows. Everyday there is an interruption for a "fire". SERIOUSLY! Fires have been occurring on a daily basis due to heat and other conditions. I do not believe our time should be wasted EVERYDAY just because a new fire has occurred. Woopty Doo!

Aren't we all used to the fires by now. Please broadcast "breaking news" in the bottom of the television screen without interrupting the current program. Or at least start the program from where it has left off due to the rude interruption. It's sick! It's very annoying. Ut lasts through the whole show just interviewing people repeating the same information. Smh. Have some type of consideration sheeeesh!!!!!!!
Comments:8 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-09-17
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-09-15:
It's been a very dry summer in many parts of the country. I assume the fires mentioned aren't just a house, but something that may threaten a larger area.

You're suggestion of a banner across the bottom is a good one. Another technique is to use one large and one small inset. Perhaps a combination, with some text telling what is happening in the smaller inset with the fire.
Posted by Ben There on 2012-09-15:
Are the fires a threat to people's houses? I think a threat to hundreds of lives might warrant interrupting the show, even if it is happening a lot lately.
Posted by SteveWiginowski on 2012-09-15:
I remember if we left our windows open, it smelled like the fire was right outside, even though it was quite a distance away. I even played baseball one time when it was "raining" ash.

There are people who have to evacuate their homes, so it's not a bad idea to interrupt a television show in order to inform people of a fire.
Posted by JISCal2 on 2012-09-15:
There definitely is a need to interrupt for true breaking news, but I have to agree with the OP here. KTLA, Channel 5 in Los Angeles is notorious for their interruptions for 'breaking news' which isn't so newsworthy. I'm surprised they don't break into programming if I get a hangnail.
Posted by yoke on 2012-09-15:
Do you ever notice that they only interupt during the day. You never see them interupting evening shows or sporting events. I am sure fires happen during that time also.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-09-15:
I think it's more annoying when all the news channels broadcast the same breaking news at the same time. Or broadcast the State of the Union address, election updates, etc all at the same time.
Posted by DELL Hell on 2012-09-15:
KTLA is an institution unto itself around LA. They were the first with "live" news coverage, the first with a helicopter, many other firsts in the news biz. I don't watch KTLA nearly as much since they started interrupting programming because a bear took a bath in someone's pool that lives next to a forest area. (What do they expect? They moved into the bears turf!) When Stan Chambers and his crew reported the news it was as good as it got. Now that Stan is gone and KTLA has all the rejects from NBC, CBS and ABC they have lost their way. They seem confused and not sure who they are anymore or what they are supposed to be doing to serve the community.

Probably need a serious house cleaning and bring in some news veterans to get KTLA ship shape again. All these network rejects fighting for air time is getting very annoying! Major earthquake, "big" fires, freeway shut downs etc, run a banner on the screen, yes we want to know about that stuff. But a 10 acre brush fire that is threatening no one and nothing? A screen banner will do just fine, JMHO.

(And fire the 13 year old kid running the work station that interrupts their programming all day long)
Posted by wjk898 on 2012-09-17:
Seen it and its really stupid (although they cover the police car chases down the freeways and streets real good). But you did say that it was "daytime TV" that's interrupted? That's a problem?

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