We’re pretty sure the CBS Evevning News would like to have the viewership of America’s #1 evening newscast, NBC Nightly News, but this is no way to do it.
In one of the weirdest things ever to occur on the evening newscasts, last night on the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric tossed to correspondent Mark Strassman as he fronted a live shot from Port Fourchon, Louisiana on the latest on the oil spill. But instead of hearing Strassman, CBS viewers heard the audio from NBC Nightly News.
Lester Holt, filling in for Brian Williams was tossing to correspondent Martin Fletcher who was leading the broadcast live from London on the spy swap story.
When CBS News realized what was going on, they quickly ran Strassman’s produced piece. There was no mention of the audio snafu when Strassman tossed back to Couric.
It’s no secret the broadcast networks watch and even listen to each other’s newscasts when they go live at 6:30pmET, but for audio from one network to be heard live on another? That seems to be a first.
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