I didn’t see this when I mentioned it came back online.
Apparently this is coming to an end.
I would imagine if this was in any other major city, LA or Chicago, the networks would have ....maybe...maybe given it an top of the hour update but stuck with recorded programming. Mind you there was a destructive storm hitting the gulf affecting way more people. But because the networks are all located in NYC they feel its a big enough story for everyone to care about. Another reason why CNN was better broadcasting out of Atlanta.
I think other major cities would get coverage. Tropical Storm Barry was been downgraded from a hurricane and is relatively inland and isn’t causing the damage people thought. MSNBC gave about 10 minutes every hour to Barry.
This blackout affected reportedly 91,000 ConEd connections some of which could cover hundreds or thousands of people. It was a decent chunk of Manhattan without power.
The major cable networks were likely going to go to recorded programming or other programming. Morgan Redford posted she was going to anchor on msnbc for the CBP raids that are starting up. During storms most people turn to The Weather Channel anyway. Those in the affected areas remain local.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.