East Coast Stations Deliver Extended Hurricane Coverage as Sandy Marches On

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By Merrill Knox Comment

Stations in major markets across the East Coast chose to preempt, or partially preempt, network morning shows Monday to remain in extended local coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

In New York City, where the subways and buses have been shut down since Sunday night, the local stations all began live storm coverage at 4amET. NBC O&O WNBC went to “Today” at 7 a.m. and returned to local programming at 7:30 a.m. WCBS aired only the first hour of “CBS This Morning,” and WABC aired “Good Morning America” in its entirety.

In Philadelphia, KYW joined “CBS This Morning” a few minutes after 7 a.m. and continued its local newscast on CW affiliate WPSG. WCAU aired the first half hour of “Today” and returned to local coverage at 7:30 a.m., and WPVI aired “Good Morning America.”

WBZ in Boston aired the first hour of “CBS This Morning” before returning to local programming. WCVB also returned to its local newscast at 8 a.m. after an hour of “GMA.” WHDH preempted the “Today” show entirely in favor of Hurricane Sandy coverage.

In Washington, DC, CBS affiliate WUSA preempted “CBS This Morning” for Sandy coverage. WRC returned to its local newscast after the first 30 minutes of “Today,” and WJLA aired “GMA” in its entirety.

In Baltimore, both NBC affiliate WBAL and CBS O&O WJZ stayed in local coverage all morning.

WVIT in Hartford-New Haven aired the first half-hour of “Today” before returning to its Hurricane Sandy coverage. CBS affiliate WFSB preempted “CBS This Morning” entirely.

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