Yesterday, FTVLive FIRST told you that WGCL in Atlanta was catching heat from viewers when they dumped out of The Tony Awards early to start their newscast.
Viewers lit the station up on social media and with phone calls to the station.
Yesterday, after our story, the station released a statement as to what happened. Of course they put the initial blame on the network.
WGCL GM Trey Fabacher statement:
"Last night towards the end of the Tony Awards just after 11:00 p.m., WGCL encountered a few seconds of black and our local producers (as opposed to their national producers?) accepted that trigger as the end of the network broadcast and began our 11 p.m. newscast. The network feed of the Tony Awards was not over and WGCL did not air the final seven minutes of the broadcast. This was a human error and action is being taken to guarantee this does not happen again. We apologize to our viewers who were watching the broadcast. CBS Atlanta News is a passionate supporter of the arts; this error in no way reflects the opinion of WGCL-TV, CBS Atlanta News or its employees. We will be airing the final segment of the Tony Awards at the start of all newscasts at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. today."
It appears that WGCL wasn't the only station fooled by the "few seconds of black," word is that WDJT also dumped out of The Tony's telecast.