Major Technical Problems Forces KPIX To Abort 6 PM Newscast
KPIX had a MAJOR technical foul-up Monday night on its 6 PM newscast, forcing the station to go to over ten minutes of commercials and lost the show entirely.
The problem began with anchor, Ken Bastida, introducing a segment about free parking with Consumer reporter, Julie Watts.
Bastida went to the video package --no sound and a bunch of garbled air.
Cut to commercials. Lots. Then back to the studio, try again, WRONG! No air, lots of garble, garble--finally Bastida tossed it over to Watts herself only for Watts to look about to come unglued --when, you guessed it, the entire news set went dark. Cut to spots.
Eventually, weatherman Paul Deanno managed to do his weather report, then back to 10 minutes of commercials. Clearly, something was wrong and really nasty taking place in the KPIX studio--enough to wipe out the studio shots plus co-anchor Veronica De La Cruz. Bastida abruptly cut off the newscast and went straight to Scott Pelley with the CBS 'Evening News.'
Someone is having a really bad night at 855 Battery.