Disclaimer: I’m not a Harry Potter fan and this ain’t about that.
Last night one of the Harry Potter movies was broadcast on ABC, we think. Sometime shortly after 8:00 PM EST my wife was knocking about the kitchen. I called out and asked why she wasn’t watching TV as planned. Her response was colorful and not suitable for a ‘G’ or ‘PG’ audiences. Turns out a tornado warning several counties over had three of the local network affiliates (ABC, CBS & NBC) broadcasting non-stop coverage of this crucial, real-time event. For several hours as it turns out. Plus two independent stations that do not have their own local news/weather resources, were re-broadcasting those same channels. The FOX affiliate was running a news-ticker bar across the bottom of their programming which wasn’t too bad if you didn’t mind watching some COPS type program about people misbehaving. The only other choices were three PBS stations all running old sitcoms (I think that was what they were) from the U.K.
My wife said at one point the ABC station weatherman, in response to the large number of unhappy Harry Potter fans who were calling in, more or less told their audience too bad, deal with it.
This is what you face when you choose to limit TV viewing to whatever stations the rabbit ears can receive. Stepping outside you couldn’t detect a hint of bad weather. Checking today’s newspaper, on the inside of the local section were four short paragraphs on the subject. I guess hind-sight allows a better perspective. My wife’s term for local TV news coverage? Chicken Little News.