CBS had to switch to a feed from its 24/7 over-the-top news site, CBSN, when it had technical issues with CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell Tuesday (May 19).
The newscast time slot (6:30-7) began with a series of show promos, then a hard cut to the CBSN feed for the duration of the half hour.
A CBS News source confirmed that there was an issue out of the D.C. control room, where the newscast is produced. The Broadcast Center in New York is closed and there are skeleton crews working out of the D.C. bureau and a backup control room in New York.
"CBS News experienced technical difficulties tonight that prevented the CBS Evening News from airing at 6:30 pm, ET on the CBS Television Network," the network said in a statement. "The issue is being resolved, and the Mountain and West Coast versions of the CBS Evening News will air during the regular time slots at 5:30 PM/6:30 PM, MT/PT. In place of the CBS Evening News on the East Coast, the network aired coverage from CBSN, CBS News’ streaming news service.
"Tonight's broadcast of the CBS Evening News will also air on CBSN and will be available on CBSNews.com."
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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