As noted by Deadspin’s Timothy Burke, WBNS cut away from the game late in the second half to deliver news of a tornado warning for several nearby counties. Burke reports that WBNS showed a black screen for six minutes. Viewers who were watching the basketball game and were either unfazed by the threat of a tornado or would’ve considered a crawl on the screen sufficient, were not pleased.
WBNS tried to make it up to its viewers by promising to air the final two minutes of North Carolina’s win at 8 p.m., but delayed the re-airing when the tornado warning was extended.
Update: Around 9:15 p.m., WBNS issued the following statement:
We had a massive technical failure in the final seconds of the NCAA basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina.Once the situation was remedied we were under a tornado warning and lives were in danger. Upon the conclusion of the warning we aired the remaining minutes of the game.We apologize for the inconvenience.
Thanks to Deadspin for sharing.