Power outage plays havoc with WRC-TV signal in Washington

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A power outage played havoc with WRC's TV signal on Monday, and led Channel 4 to cancel its 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts.

Officials from Pepco were inspecting WRC's facilities on Nebraska Avenue NW on Monday and had not determined a cause of the problem by late afternoon.

The electrical issues cropped up around 7 a.m. on Monday and left viewers with blank screens for as much as 40 minutes. Other viewers, who receive the station on cable, saw repeats of "Ellen," "The Bonnie Hunt Show" and MSNBC's "Hardball" in place of regularly scheduled programs.

A station spokesman said the electrical problems affected different transmission lines, which meant some viewers saw different programs when they tuned to Channel 4.

The station's regularly scheduled 6 p.m. newscast was back on the air to all WRC viewers on Monday.

-- Paul Farhi

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