World Cup: Viewers Upset After TV Station Interrupts Game to Cover Tornado Warning
Some World Cup fans in areas of New York and Pennsylvania were irate at a local TV station Sunday for cutting into the last few minutes of the World Cup final to cover a tornado warning.
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WENY-TV, an ABC affiliate that reaches southern upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, interrupted broadcast of the game at the 114-minute mark, when the match was in extra time and Germany was leading 1-0 over Argentina. (That also ended up as the final score.)
According to Deadspin, the interruption lasted through the final six minutes of the game. Many viewers hit Twitter to complain:
Thanks @WENYTV not trying to watch the World Cup Final or anything— Eric Berglund (@eberglund10) July 13, 2014
Good thing @WENYTV ruined the World Cup final for everyone— Jacob Carocci (@JCarocci11) July 13, 2014
Thanks for making us miss the end of the World Cup @WENYTV! If we didn't hate local news before, we sure do now.— Mack Schrock (@schrockmr) July 13, 2014
Still, WENY did have its defenders, who argued that viewers were over-reacting:
It's ridiculous that people are upset with @WENYTV because they were warning us of weather that could possibly harm us.— Dani (@DanielleAlred) July 14, 2014
Still others made light of the situation:
I hope this weatherman has life insurance @wenytv— JD Skidders (@dagonjr) July 13, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to WENY for comment.