Some stations may cut out of special reports like certain press conferences with foreign leaders
Thanks for the info, and you've anticipated my next question! Do the transitions back to scheduled programming vary locally then? I mean, are they typically quite smooth, (for example, into an ad break and back to the scheduled programme?) If syndicated programming has been showing, would it typically be restarted from where it was left off? What about overruns, can the inclusion of a special report end up making an affiliate run late for the rest of the day, or until a local live programme can shrink the overrun? or could a couple of ad breaks be cut out, given there are so many compared to what we're used to?
Typically if it occurs during the dayside (either local or network) they will JIP (join in progress) so they could join back either during a break or the program. Locally in Baltimore I’ve never seen a station pause local or syndicated programming and restart when a special report ends (I don’t think it’s a common practice or if its done at all). I’m sure if they wanted to they could but it would likely eat up their local news time for the schedule to reset.
Some stations may have an image of their logo with a voice over saying “we now return to your regularly scheduled programming” even after the network anchor may have done something similar.
In primetime it depends on the network, program being aired, and if it’s a new episode. If it’s a short Special Report and they paused programming and they over run to the late local by five minutes the local news will shrink time wise to reset the schedule so late night starts on time at 11:35. If it’s more than five minutes generally the local news will air in it’s entirety and late night will slide. Also during primetime the network will likely delete non program/non commercial elements such as promos to prevent network over run.
And if it’s a new episode in the eastern/central time zones where a special report took up most of the time and wasn’t paused the mountain and western time zones will get a repeat. Pushing that episode back a week. This is also done in sports - one time sports on CBS over ran by over 90 minutes - there by making the local time to start at 12:30 am they will completely remove the show from the eastern schedule and run a repeat for western viewers.
If it’s a program that’s low rated and even if it’s a new episode they may JIP it no matter how far in they are. Like after hockey ran long and NBC joined The Island something like 30 minutes in progress.
: While not technically a special report CBS had a 30 minute show scheduled after the State of the Union address. As usual the address, the the opposition response and analysis ran long. Their coverage ran long and ended at a ridiculous time like 10:47 or 10:50 and they decided to play out the show which was a rerun. It pushed local news and late night back. I’m sure they could have found Senators or Representatives to fill the ten minutes of time.
Last edited by Rkolsen on 27 March 2018 7:56pm