Monday, March 7, 2011

Either the sun or CBS didn't want you to see the end of the KU-Mizzou game

Posted by on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge KCTV5 is getting bombarded with hate mail.
  • KCTV5 is getting bombarded with hate mail.

KCTV Channel 5 is still getting killed on its Facebook page for the signal switch that cut away from the end of Saturday's Kansas-Missouri Border War showdown.

There are a couple of explanations. First, blame the sun. KCTV5's parent company (CBS) did, saying sunspots caused the game to cut away from Mizzou's rally that ultimately came up four points short. CBS Sports' Jerry Caraccioli told the Star that the "rare

occurrence" interrupted the network signal. (Apparently, the sun's

rays sometimes align with television satellites and knock out the

network's signal.)



That doesn't explain how stations in St. Louis and Topeka got the signal back for the final few minutes of the game while Kansas City was stuck watching Michigan and Michigan State.

Bobby Totsch, KCTV5's vice president and general manager, issued a statement on the local affiliate's website blaming not just the sun -- but also CBS.

What happened today started as a sun spot blackout. CBS crossed up the signals and sent us a backup feed that was clearly not the correct feed -- it was the alternate signal with another regional game. The network simply made a mistake. Over the next several minutes, many stations did get their feed back and showed the final minutes of the game. Unfortunately, KCTV5 got the wrong backup feed from CBS. We tried to compensate, but were unable to get the correct feed back in time for the end of the game.
Not that this is going to satisfy Jayhawks or Tigers. Blame whoever you want, but it doesn't excuse people from walking out on their bar tabs. The Star reported that pissed-off people walked out of the Well without paying their tabs. I get the anger, but when it's the network's fault, you can't screw over a local business owner.

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