to get through the final week of guiding light without "breaking news" mucking things up. today, a commuter train hit a bumper as it was coming into south station. about a dozen people had minor injuries. that was it. yet, the cbs affiliate felt it was so urgent for those sitting at home watching gl, none of whom were actually at south station, to break in, not once, but twice. perhaps the news department thought that after watching gl, some viewers might be heading off to south station, and wanted them to be aware of the delay. THAT'S WHY GOD INVENTED THE CRAWL, which runs along the bottom of the screen, informing viewers without interrupting the show.
ETA -- wbz's programming director returned my irate call. she told me she called the newroom during the first break-in to tell them to get off the air, but wasn't able to stop the second interruption because by that time both the abc and nbc affiliates were live at the scene. i did appreciate her getting back to me.
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