Seattle Stations Cover May Day Protests

By Merrill Knox Comment

Stations in Seattle provided varying degrees of breaking news coverage yesterday to cover May Day protests, which turned violent as the day went on.

CBS affiliate KIRO covered the protest in its early evening newscasts before going to the “CBS Evening News” at 6:30 p.m. The station broke in to the program at 6:47 p.m. to go back to local coverage and stayed live until 8 p.m., preempting “Entertainment Tonight.”

Fox affiliate KCPQ also extended its evening newscast through the 7 p.m. hour, preempting “The Big Bang Theory.” The station returned to regular programming at 8 p.m.

NBC affiliate KING aired “NBC Nightly News” as scheduled and covered the protests in its regularly scheduled newscasts from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGĀ  cut away from coverage of the protests at 7:30 p.m. for “Evening,” the station’s nightly newsmagazine.

ABC affiliate KOMO covered the protests during its regularly scheduled 6 p.m. newscast and went back to scheduled programming at 7 p.m. with “Wheel of Fortune.”