KTRK in Houston suffered a technical meltdown during their late newscast last night, which also happened to be a primary election day.
Mike McGuff says that multiple reports on social media and alerted me the station ran 15 minutes of promos, then started running Inside Edition. Around 10:20pm, an abbreviated newscast cut into Inside Edition. The anchors apparently said technical difficulties were to blame for the delayed start.
The station took to Facebook to explain the situation:
"We're experiencing technical difficulties on right now and are working to get Eyewitness News on shortly."
Many stations, like KTRK, have started using automation systems. This means that a computer, not a human, is actually directing the newscasts, turning on/off the microphones, inserting graphics, playing the video clips...etc. This means a bunch of computer systems from different companies have to talk and work together. So when 10pm newscasts fail to air, you can probably look to the rise of the machines.