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WNYW Drops 9/11 Memorial Coverage for NFL, While WCBS Stays ‘Overtime’

Ceremonies took place at ground zero yesterday, marking ten years since the horrific 9/11 attacks.

The day featured the traditional reading of the victim’s names, and six moments of silence marking the four plane crashes and when the Twin Towers collapsed.

But the special event included brief remarks interspersed with remarks from many dignitaries, including President Obama and former President George W. Bush.

WCBS/Channel 2 remained on the air until the final name was read. Only then, at approximately 1:15 p.m., did Channel 2 join in progress NFL action between the Ravens and Steelers.  WCBS opened their coverage at ground zero with Don Dahler and Cindy Hsu. The memorial ceremonies were anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson.

However, WNYW/Channel 5 did not follow the same plan.

It was the same scenario at the Fox-owned station with a non-local football game starting at 1. But Channel 5 management used poor judgment. They elected to pull the plug before the entire solemn program concluded, in order to keep viewers from missing any of the Eagles/Rams matchup.

As Channel 5 ended its coverage, they did inform viewers that sister station WWOR/Channel 9 would remain on the air until the 9/11 anniversary service ended.

Both channels did anticipate extended coverage, shipping their noon NFL pre-game shows to other outlets. Fox NFL Sunday was moved to the YES Network, while CBS’  The NFL Today was seen on WLNY 55/10.

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