How do networks decide when to interrupt?

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  1. That Don Guy

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    I live out west, so I can't be sure, but I am under the impression that the ABC policy is, if an event runs past 7:30 Eastern (and wasn't planned to, like an NBA Finals game), it is moved to something like ESPN2, and the Sunday schedule airs 30 minutes late.
     
  2. danderson400

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    Accidents do happen and they aren't limited to news; One time, i remember Fox accidentally staying with nationwide bonus coverage of early SEA/STL game well into doubleheader late game window, apparently someone didn't switch the feeds in time.
     
  3. danderson400

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    I've noticed it's a recent trend to pause shows if the President speaks in the middle, with the late news being pushed back.

    My area preempted for years to air ACC basketball, but that's not really a special local event. However they moved the prime time games(at least in Asheville) in recent years to the MyNetwork affiliate.
     
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    Pretty sure i remember ABC switching a NASCAR event to ESPN2 for America's Funniest Home Videos. Pretty sure it was because the race had been stopped for a red flag.
     
  5. mr.unnatural

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    I remember when the DC affiliates used to pre-empt network programs for ACC basketball. It was usually for Maryland basketball so still a local sports team. NC had a bunch of ACC teams so you probably got quite a few of their games.
     
  6. danderson400

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    It is also pretty rare for a bulletin to occur during prime time- it usually takes something really bad for them to interrupt. How many times did i see Peter Jennings interrupt in prime-time? Likely very few.
     
  7. That Don Guy

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    I think the most famous instance of ABC not interrupting is when Howard Cosell announced near the end of a Monday Night Football game that John Lennon had been killed.

    OTOH, I remember when CBS interrupted a live Emmy Awards broadcast for about an hour to show the signing of the Camp David Accord. (Out west, the Emmys were still shown on a three-hour delay back then, and the interruption happened during 60 Minutes; when they reached the spot where the Emmys were interrupted, the CBS voiceover announcer commented that it had happened earlier that night, and then the Emmys resumed immediately.)
     
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    Speaking of the Emmys, there was one other delay- in 1984, when the Bears-Seahawks game ran late, and because CBS refused to preempt AfterMASH after 60 Minutes, the Emmys started really late. I believe that the last time it happened, CBS just scheduled football to run till 8- and the Bills-Jets game almost cut into the Emmys.
     
  9. danderson400

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    NBC had this issue with it's daytime lineup when it had the World Series, and the games were in the daytime. The World Series in that era started at 1:30 PM ET(unless on the west coast), so it would have aired straight through the rest of NBC's daytime programming in that era up to 4 PM ET (Let's Make a Deal, Days of Our Lives, The Doctors, and Another World) in that era.
     
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    ABC almost NEVER interrupted MNF. Same thing with their cartoons.
     

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