How big and tragic the overnight Oakland fire that took at least nine lives? (25 people are unaccounted for at press time) --even the BBC has coverage.
UPDATE 1: An Alameda County Sheriff Dept. official told KTVU as many as 40-plus people could have perished.
Local TV coverage was highlighted by KTVU's Weekend "Mornings on Two" which correctly ditched its regular format and went to wall-to-wall coverage from 7: AM on through the morning.
Anchors Claudine Wong and Frank Mallicoat directed the on-going story from KTVU's Jack London Square studios only a few miles from the scene of the warehouse/loft fire.
Christien Kafton delivered spot-on reporting and provided excellent coverage as the story remained fluid and new information developed.
KRON too had comprehensive coverage with anchor, Marty Gonzalez in studio, and reporter, Averi Harper, direct from the scene.
Other stations broke in and out of network programming and stayed heavy on the Oakland fire situation.
UPDATE 2: --9: 18 AM PT
KTVU has switched away from college football to "KTVU Plus"; Amazingly, KPIX (CBS5) is asleep at the wheel: Pix is going with a canned program and ignores Oakland fire; KGO has gone to ABC college football game.
UPDATE 3--11: 31 AM PT
You can't make this up: The Bay Area's "News Station" (really?) has abated its coverage from the Oakland fire to "Bay Area Bargains." Just when I was complimenting KRON, this arrives...some other stations at least have an excuse to leave; network sports shows and the like. On the other hand, KRON's motto these days is that it's the "only" Bay Area station with 24/7 news. Except when that motto breaks the 50 bucks KRON gets airing cheesy infomercials.
Just ridiculous. Not surprising anymore, just ridiculous.
UPDATE 4: 2: 44 PM PT: All Bay Area TV News stations, plus CNN, FNC and MSNBC cover Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Presser except the "News Station", KRON which is running "Dog Town USA.
No joke needed.