Breaking news, like any other term or topic, can be highly debated and even abused by some media personalities. Breaking news, simply put, is a hot topic that most broadcasters feel calls for the immediate interruption of their regular programming and/ or live news to report on its facts. Some people believe this is an abuse of their right to free speech. Is there really a difference between news and a video or movie?
The fact is, no one can argue with the value of informing people about current events. While many may not always agree with the exact methods reporters and media outlets employ when reporting breaking news stories, one could argue that those methods are just fine in the public’s eyes. Why would anyone want to deprive people of the joy of watching television, reading a newspaper, or viewing videos when they can simply stay home and read their favorite book instead? After all, there’s no sense in everyone being bored.
In some cases, there may be special reason(s) why a newscast is interrupted by a breaking news story. Sometimes, it’s done to allow the reporters on air time to catch up with a particularly high-profile story. At other times, they may need to report on a local event that has taken place within the day. In these cases, it’s usually the desire of the news anchor to ensure the reader/viewer knows the full story as soon as possible.
If a station does have the rights to air the breaking news, they’re free to do so. Often, the only way a newscast can afford such extensive coverage is to purchase pre-written clips from local stations or air reels from the local cable television company. Even when there are no commercials, the average viewer will likely be able to tell the difference in quality and content. If the coverage takes too long to scan through, he or she may simply decide it isn’t worth the interruption.
Another way a breaking news story is interrupted is by a surprise announcement. If a local sports team is winning or tied during a game, for example, the game may be moved to another day. Often, this means the network will move their coverage to another channel. This isn’t always the case, but it’s something to keep in mind. Other times, a local sports team may choose to play a regular season game or rivalry game on a Saturday instead of Sunday, which means the sports show is moved to a new day.
When news events broadcast moves on to a new channel, it’s not just the news events themselves that may be moved. Often, the segment in question will be offered up to additional channels or to other networks, often without having to move a show to a new time slot. The network affiliates that carry the station may also have a similar arrangement in place. They receive coverage from the station and push it to other outlets or air it as part of a mix on another channel, which can lead to a nice audience.
In the case of a special report, a new program can be set up to replace an existing one. Even when a regular program is moved to another channel, it’s sometimes possible for a breaking news report to be moved elsewhere. In the case of a school shooting, for example, the live report might be broadcast on another channel to give viewers a chance to hear about what is happening without having to watch the rest of the news. However, this isn’t always the case. Networks and stations are always working to make sure the most current information is being presented. After all, if the local school shootings were to happen in the morning, the breaking news coverage from a specific news station could be delayed until the afternoon because they’d have to find out about it through their feeds.
It’s important to understand how moving a breaking news segment from one network or channel to another can affect your viewing experience. The quality of the feed will vary, depending on where the live report is being offered. You can generally tell when a network or station is moving weather coverage to another location by seeing a small icon that says “weather coverage moving,” followed by the channel name and the word “move.” This way, you’ll be able to tell whether your favorite network is making real, drastic changes to their weather coverage.