FiveNews 283 Posted September 20, 2020 Share Posted September 20, 2020 Anyone have any insight on newsroom staffing in bigger markets? We had a decent sized earthquake here on Friday night. It seems like a few stations were caught off guard without talent in the newsroom. The quake as a 4.5 (small by most standards, but it was a shallow quake centered in the populated area of El Monte, in the SGV so it felt stronger than what it was reported. It woke me up out of my sleep here in the IE). Our 11pm newscasts end at 11:35pm, the quake hit at 11:38pm. KCBS didn't get back on the air until 11:50pm with Pat Harvey who had left right after the 11pm news and had to be called back to the station. On KNBC, Chuck Henry and Colleen Williams had just wrapped up the 11pm and were still in the building. They were able to get back on the air shortly after and remained on until nearly 1am. It seemed like KABC may have been on the air during the quake, their 11pm anchors were already on the air when I turned to them. KTTV FOX 11 was nowhere to be found. I assume their anchors head out right after their 10pm ends. KTLA, I assume cut in, but didn't see it with my own eyes. Do stations in larger markets not (Top 20-30) keep at least a reporter in the newsroom on standby for big stories anymore? Can't forget we have had a few big stories break on Friday night over the past few years....the death of Muhammad Ali, the death of Bush 1, and the recent passing of Justice RBG. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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