I can understand not getting the countdown, but he said he just sees the silent 'globe' animation at the start of the title sequence, before getting the final few notes of the theme at the end. Which seems odd.
I mean the obvious answer is the PBS station he's watching on is doing a sloppy opt into a dirty feed and fades the sound up after mixing the vision?
I wonder if they take the feed at the top of the hour precisely, ignoring any distribution delay?
They take it at the top of the hour, however the PBS stations will put one or two minutes of underwriting and their own countdown. But PBS gets a dedicated feed because in the past the halfway point ad break on World News would be filled with a separate story but lately it’s been basic non ad breakfiller.
Here’s how it was beforehand:
I don’t know how they get the “clean feed” whether it’s a satellite or fiber line that’s booked daily or if now it’s connected via the AVOC in DC direct from the DC Bureau to WETA’s offices.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.