CBS Daytime TV Complaint - News Flash During program
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- This morning at approximately 10.20 A.M. my regular program - The Price is Right - was interrupted by a "newsflash". I thought that something really significant had happened but a crucial moment in my show was destroyed in order to show an injured woman (Gabrielle Giffords) being transferred by ambulance and air from one hospital to another. I have the deepest sympathy and respect for the people who were killed and injured and their respective families but this whole "newsflash" episode involved the input of no less than 6 TV reporters gabbing about the same thing that we had heard in a succession of News Reports since this unfortunate incident. Such interruptions are becoming increasingly frequent. I do wish be be kept up with what is going on in the world but such interruptions are derisory and can only make this particular TV station a laughing stock. Such practice is not isolated to CBS but is a continual "dirty trick" played by most TV stations; more especially during elections. In other more cultured countries in the world the news coverage is not only more professional but is applied with a good deal more common sense. I am pretty sure that I am not speaking for myself alone but my sentiments, I am convinced, are shared by the majority of people who use the TV mainly for entertainment. Something of which there is precious little in any event. What we do have is sacred so don't bombard us with so called newsflashes that are, in effect, trivial.