Hurricane Irene: Networks Interrupt Programming for President Obama's Address

8:53 AM PST 08/26/2011 by Lindsay Powers
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NBC, ABC and CBS pre-empt, while Fox continues airing an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show."

As Hurricane Irene comes barreling toward the East Coast, networks are revving up their coverage.

President Barack Obama addressed the nation from his vacation spot on the East Coast's Martha's Vineyard.

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NBC, ABC and CBS pre-empted their programming to air his short address, in which he announced that he'd spoken to governors of affected states and asked people to heed evacuation warnings.

Fox, however, remained on an episode of The Dr. Oz Show. But the network doesn't have a news division like NBC, ABC and CBS.

The Weather Channel is broadcasting news about Hurricane Irene around the clock.

MSNBC, Fox News Channel and CNN are also dedicating considerable airtime to the impending storm.

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