Why a Major L.A. TV Station Aired One of Its Newcasts From a Lawn Near the Station

Oct 1, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Yesterday, Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2015, “news anchors David Ono and Ellen Leyva of ABC owned-and-operated KABC-TV stood on the grass and were dressed more casually than usual on a 90-degree day, using trucks to broadcast as though they were reporters in the field.

“‘In 20 years, David, I’ve never had this before,’ Leyva said. ‘It’s a highly unique situation,’ Ono replied.”

So reported the Associated Press in a story that says the reason KABC’s afternoon newscast was broadcast from a lawn near the station was because there had been a threat made that there were bombs in the KABC building, which is in Glendale, Calif.

The story adds, “Glendale police said they received a call from an anonymous man who said there were multiple bombs inside the building, though none was found.

“The KABC newscast included shots of the empty newsroom from an unmanned camera. The station’s helicopter hovered overhead and showed the surreal scene of the makeshift newsroom on the grass.”

KABC reporter Elex Michaelson tweeted this picture of his colleagues  preparing to broadcast the news from a lawn:

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