Lohan Arrest Dominates NYC’s Morning Newscasts

By Merrill Knox 

New York stations were prepping their morning newscasts Thursday morning when Lindsay Lohan was arrested in Chelsea for allegedly assaulting a woman at a nightclub shortly after 4amET.

WCBS and WABC both reported the news at 5:33 a.m. WCBS reported the actress was “being questioned in an altercation.” WBAC reported Lohan has been arrested and said a WABC crew was on the way to the police station.

WNBC and WNYW both reported the news at 5:41 a.m., with WNBC citing TMZ. WPIX, reporting the news at 5:42 a.m., already had Mike Gilliam live from the 10th precinct in Chelsea, the first reporter on the scene.


WABC’s Darla Miles and WCBS’ Ann Mercogliano did their first live shots from the police station for their respective stations at 6:30 a.m. WNBC’s Katherine Creag was live from the same location in time for the first local headline update during “Today” at 7:30 a.m.

On WNYW, Dave Price expressed dismay at using the station’s “Breaking News” animation to introduce the story, shaking his head and saying, “Come on.”

“She was arrested again!” Scotto responded. “This is not a repeat of something two months ago.”