WJZ-TV explains strange start of 11 p.m. newscast Tuesday

The Baltimore Sun

It was deja vu all over again for viewers of WJZ-TV's 11 p.m. news who had watched the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" earlier Tuesday.

Instead of seeing the Baltimore faces of Denise Koch and Vic Carter at 11 p.m. after a night of CBS new-season programming Tuesday, viewers found the station running seven minutes of Pelley's network broadcast that had aired at 7 p.m.

How does that happen at a network-owned station?

Here is the explanation from K.C. Robertson, WJZ spokesperson:

“The station’s main production switcher experienced a critical failure late Tuesday evening," Robertson said in an email response to the Sun. "The equipment failure prevented the news broadcast from starting on time at 11p.m.  Between 11p.m. and approximately 11:07p.m., WJZ aired a repeat of the CBS Evening News.  Technical personnel responded quickly and were able to repair the problem.  WJZ’s local news began just before 11:08p.m."


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