The Manhattan-based news networks are not immune to the power problems caused by Hurricane Sandy. Parts of lower Manhattan are without power, intentionally cut by the utility Con Ed to prevent potential damage to underground infrastructure. But power surges, where lights dim and then come back up, are occurring throughout the city (including in this writer’s apartment).
On FNC’s “Fox Report,” Shepard Smith anchored portions of his show from a darkened studio. “The power in Midtown Manhattan has clearly just gone off as our studio has gone completely dark,” said Smith around 7:45pm. “We have backup generators that allow us to run most of our equipment. But not the huge light grids.”