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WNBC stuck with tree lighting instead of breaking news


Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 8:37 AM

At least one bulb didn’t go off at 30 Rock.

As most major television stations in New York followed the horrorific standoff between cops and alleged mass murderers in San Bernardino Wednesday night, WNBC/Ch. 4 opted to air the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting instead.

Other stations, such as rivals WABC/Ch. 7 and WCBS/Ch. 2, carried the special hour-long editions of “World News Tonight” and “CBS Evening News.”

WNBC did not cut away from its popular tree-lighting telecast on Wednesday night for full coverage of the horrific mass shooting in California.Andrew Burton/Getty Images

In many cities across the nation most viewers watched an expanded hour of “Nightly News” with Lester Holt anchoring, but NBC brass had allowed local stations to have the option of dropping the second half-hour of the news broadcast in favor of the star-studded — and far more advertiser friendly — holiday telecast.

“The second half hour is optional for stations,” tweeted NBC News spokeswoman Erika Masonhall. “Full hour is airing in many markets.”

A rep for WNBC/Ch. 4, did not immediatly respond to a request for comment.


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