39. Coordinated TV Broadcast of Breaking News Events

Instead of most TV (and radio) stations cutting into regular programming to bring breaking news to its viewers, most stations should just inform their viewers by having words run across the bottom of the screen without interfering with the regularly scheduled program’s video or audio feeds. Only a few stations, maybe just two or three, should break into its programs so that the population would have multiple and continuous news sources. The stations that do not break into programs should tell viewers of at least one other station that is showing the breaking news. Something similar could be set up for radio so that people are not frustrated by having their favorite programs pushed aside by breaking news, especially if the breaking news is about something trivial like a car chase, celebrity trial or something about which most viewers don’t or shouldn’t care much about.

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