New York’s WPIX was constrained by its newscast’s slick format on Monday night when breaking news hit.
Just after 8 p.m. on Monday, two planes collided while taxiing at JFK airport. And while WPIX’s rival WNYW began its 10 p.m. newscast with prolonged coverage of the accident, the Tribune-owned CW-affiliate launched into its regular “11 in 11″ segment, giving just a few seconds to the breaking news before darting to another story in the fast-paced rundown of news that begins every WPIX nighttime newscast.
As FishbowlNY points out, anchor Jodi Applegate (above, right) mentioned the JFK accident as the #1 story of “11 in 11″ as the station showed still photos from a website. Meanwhile, WNYW, which has lately been expanding its 10 p.m. ratings lead, devoted several minutes of “Breaking News” coverage to the story with live video and reporting from its chopper.