Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Local TV: Pre-empting the networks for fire coverage

Posted @ 4:46 PM

Their news staffs are exhausted and some of them are getting their power from back-up generators, but San Diego's local TV stations will continue to provide wall-to-wall wildfire coverage into the evening.

Here is a look at what some stations will be doing in lieu of tonight's usual prime-time programming:

- XETV/Channel 6 will continue its wildfire coverage into prime time tonight. "Bones" will air tonight at 11 p.m., and "House" will air at midnight. Tomorrow's World Series coverage should begin at 5 p.m. as scheduled.

- KNSD/Channel 39 (Cable 7) will once again pre-empt its regularly scheduled prime-time programming to air wildfire coverage. Tuesday night's prime-time line-up will air on Saturday, with "The Singing Bee" at 4 p.m., "The Biggest Loser" at 4:30 p.m. and "Law & Order: SVU" airing at 6 p.m. The station will also continue to have Tania Luviano of Mi San Diego provide evacuation information in Spanish during its news broadcasts.

- KFMB/Channel 8 will also pre-empt its prime-time programming for more news coverage. No word yet on when the pre-empted programs will air.

- Tonight, ABC News will devote a special edition of "20/20" to the Southern California wildfires. Charles Gibson will anchor the show from Rancho Bernardo. It is scheduled to air at 10 p.m.on KGTV/Channel 10.

- KUSI/Channel 51 (Cable 9) will continue with its nonstop fire coverage until sometime after midnight. There will be live fire updates after midnight, with the news team returning at 4 a.m. for more on-going coverage.

- Karla Peterson

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