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Today, we take a lot of things for granted in the world of television. Cameras that come on instantly, the ability to go live with the push of a button... That was not the case 50 years ago today in Dallas, Texas. If you have some time, I highly encourage you to watch a bit of the following video clips. Take a look back at a time when there were not breaking news animation stingers, and pictures from the field had to be processed before they could be aired.

From WFAA-TV in Dallas:


From ABC:


From NBC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf50Bd86RHY

From CBS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLxvO1AJ2Nk

Tornado Hits Peoria's WEEK-TV

A frightening few moments for the meteorologists at WEEK-TV in Peoria, IL today, when a tornado began bearing down on the station while they were live on-air with severe weather coverage. Meteorologists Chuck Collins and Sandy Gallant were in the middle of a weather cut-in when they heard the "train", at which point they abruptly signed off and sought shelter. WEEK's building sustained some damage. The station had lost power prior to these events, but remained on-air thanks to backup power.


A service outage is currently affecting all websites hosted on Internet Broadcasting's content management platform, including the sites of stations owned by Hearst Television and Post-Newsweek, along with Internet Broadcasting's corporate site. Sites are displaying either a generic "Page cannot be displayed" error or show a parked domain page. A cached listing of the nearly 50 sites affected can be found here.

The outage is also affecting the mobile apps of affected stations. Apps are loading mostly blank, except for data fetched from other sources, like current weather conditions.

UPDATE: 6:19AM EST: A handful of websites (including localnews8.com and wfmz.com) have returned to service, however they seems to load inconsistantly and occasionally error out.

UPDATE: 6:35AM EST: All websites and apps are now functioning normally.

The FOX News Deck Debuts

Ten people seated at huge touchscreen computers, arranged in a semi-circle around a circular desk. A string of monitors overhead show the latest data and information. No, this isn't the set for a new sci-fi movie, it's the new "FOX News Deck" set, which debut earlier today.

 

Watch below as Shepherd Smith gives a brief overview of the new set and it's functions:

Discussion is ongoing here.


A reference to last week's finale of the hit series "Breaking Bad" and a news story about six people being shot: Two things that should probably never go together. But one Philadelphia anchor did just that this weekend. Joyce Evans, an anchor at FOX 29 Philadelphia, sent out the following tweet late Sunday:
 

 
As of press time, the tweet has been re-tweeted nearly four thousand times, and even spawned the hashtag #JoyceEvansTweets that trended for a short time.
 
This isn't the first time Evans has tweeted odd promotions of FOX 29 newscasts. In July of 2012 she tweeted about "Internet Doomsday" before adding that two police officers were killed in traffic.
 
Evans maintains that the tweet was "not ast (sic) all a joke".



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