Thursday, May 8, 2008

Oh no! Oprah interrupted for news

Just as Oprah was about to ask Barbara Walters about her affair with Sen. Ed Brooke, ABC News broke into the program with a special report on the North Carolina primary. The switchboard lit up at KGO ABC7. The Chron's Joe Garofoli asked General Manager Valari Staab what happened.
    "(I) ran downstairs to try to get Master Control to come back to Oprah exactly where it left off, but the news bulletin was only 2 minutes long and Master Control had already rejoined Oprah in progress. ... With the help of many others, we got a crawl on the air saying we would show the missed segment at approximately 4:55 and then we started dropping commercials and cueing the missed minutes to the right point and managed just barely to get it on the air and still start the 5 p.m. news on time. The fun and excitement of live television!"

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