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News from the Mobile TV Examiner for Thursday, August 7th, 2014 (amended)

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  • WALA-TV broadcast an advertisement for this past Wednesday's (August 6th) edition of "The 700 Club", a nationally-syndicated TV news and discussion program, without any references to their companion station WFNA-TV being the station set to broadcast it.
  • WALA-TV and WPMI-TV's original reports about the person found sitting on the Interstate 65 bridge over the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta this past Tuesday, August 5th, had the person identified as a boy rather than as a girl like their later reports about the person (according to WPMI-TV, the authorities who investigated the automobile accident that involved that person had originally identified that person as a boy).
  • WALA-TV and WFNA-TV had technical problems in their broadcasts this past Wednesday after lightning struck their broadcast facility in Mobile that day (example #1: the top portions of some of WALA-TV's local advertisements and syndicated programs appeared below their bottom portions. Example #2: WFNA-TV occasionally had audio and video dropouts affect their broadcast of the national network TV program "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (a game show based on magic tricks) Example #3: WFNA-TV had a blank picture instead of local advertisements during a break for "Penn & Teller: Fool Us".)

(amendment note: the report about WALA-TV and WFNA-TV's technical problems was revised for clarity and amended with more details).

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