KCBS, KCAL Go Dark for Nearly an Hour

By Andrew Gauthier 


A power surge threw CBS’ two Los Angeles TV stations off the air Monday afternoon.

KCBS and KCAL were forced off air about 3:20 p.m., as the duopoly was knocked out by a “severe power hit.”


“It just went black,” said KCAL anchor Leyna Nguyen, whose 4 p.m. newscast was bumped by the outage. “We’ve never had something knock us out for this long before.”

KCBS was off the air for about 50 minutes, while KCAL was off for about an hour. That’s an eternity in broadcast time and means plenty of lost advertising dollars. More…