Types of Sports Or Weather Coverage
Breaking news, often interchangeably referred to as late-breaking news or simply a special report and may be described as an in-depth feature that monitors breaking stories, wherever they unfold and whenever they hit the headlines. A breaking news report may be breaking news on a local, national, or global scale. It may be breaking news as it concerns a natural disaster, such as a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, tsunami, or earthquake. But it may also be breaking news as regards sports, politics, or any other number of public issues that are covered by the media at large. The term “breaking news” could technically apply to a number of different things, but in most cases is used interchangeably with the more general term “breaking.”
Broadcasting live and within local stations, the purpose of a breaking news segment or telecast is to present the latest information as it happens. The coverage can include breaking newscasts, which are simply a recital of the previous evening’s programs, or the nightly news, which is actually a single report, usually topical, that is broadcast before the nightly news in some area. (A good example of this would be a story on a new terror attack in Pakistan that was later followed by a sighting of yet another terrorist attack in Pakistan.) In addition, some local stations will air a special feature within their newscasts during the day that is devoted entirely to breaking news stories.
A breaking news feature on a national level may be accompanied by a full news report, often several stories, on what happened. It may also be accompanied by a political or social comment from a guest that was either present in the region or in regular programming. In many cases, these features are featured on the same network as the regular programming. So, if you have a story about a new president of the United States you may see a link to the new president’s website in the Breaking News section of your television’s channel guide.
Many television stations have their own websites and they feature breaking news as part of their daily or weekly updates. In addition to a website, many local television stations also have free websites where you can go to get breaking news on your favorite topics or just to stay current. These websites will almost always have links to the regular programming you see on your station; sometimes they will be labeled with the term “breaking news,” but other times they will be labeled with only “weather coverage.”
While some of the programming for these news channels will feature just breaking news, the vast majority will feature some form of sports or weather coverage. There are a few exceptions, but these tend to show that air at odd hours, such as late night sports coverage. Most of the time there is some sort of lead-in provided by the local television station, but the lead-in is usually brief, so that the viewer does not miss any of the rest of the program either.
Other than the breaking news segment itself, many of these coverage programs will also offer some sort of special report. For example, a local outdoor news station may have a town hall meeting or public forum where the public can ask questions or share concerns. At these times the reporter will record a segment that will air in the evening news. These segments will almost always be very brief, as news outlets want to give their viewers the chance to learn as much as possible before tuning in to the show. If the special report does run into any technical difficulties, it is unlikely that the broadcast will be interrupted until the problem is resolved.