In a strange occurrence, ABC’s highly rated Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV yesterday aired the March 14 edition of World News Tonight with David Muir in the usual 6:30 p.m. ET time slot, before cutting to the live, March 21 edition of the newscast 10 minutes in.
Viewers noticed and were confused.
At 6:40:28 p.m. ET yesterday, WSB-TV viewers went from hearing Elizabeth Schulze narrate a report about how Americans can track their stimulus checks (a story that aired during the previous Sunday’s newscast), to seeing Matt Gutman reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border. Gutman’s report was airing on the live, nationwide newscast.
The station tweeted the following yesterday evening:
Programming note: We are aware that a previous recording of World News Tonight is airing on Channel 2. We are working to correct the issue and appreciate your patience during this time.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) March 21, 2021
TVNewser reached out to WSB owner Cox Media Group for comment on Monday, and the company did not immediately respond.