Virus Stops Toledo Station’s Ability to Run Video During Newscast

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

A virus from a video download at WTVG in Toledo, Ohio shut down the station’s ability to play video during its newscasts over the weekend.

According to The Blade, news director Mel Watson said a team of “computer forensic scientists” have been hired to investigate the root of the problem.

“It has not been fun at all, but the 13 ABC action news team, especially the engineering department, have been pulling out all the stops to continue operating as normal as possible,” Watson told the paper.


Right now, videos will be played manually until the system is fixed.

It first happened on Friday during the 4:30 a.m. newscast. The following shows that day didn’t have video. WTVG cut it’s hour long noon newscast down to 30 minutes and replaced its 5:30 news with Inside Edition.

“We’ll never be able to determine where the source came from,” Watson added. The virus is considered to be a “random occurrence.”

The virus only affected the news and sports departments, and not the station’s meteorological department, which uses a different computer system.