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KAKE-TV fixing technical problems that prevented broadcast of morning programming

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 10:35 a.m.

An equipment breakdown kept KAKE-TV, Channel 10, from airing its morning news program Wednesday.

But a pared-down version of the 11 a.m. newscast will air today, said Bryan Frye, the station’s marketing director.

The network subbed in other ABC programming during the time that “Good Morning Kansas” usually airs because of a hard drive failure that cut off service of the station’s automated production control system. That system controls teleprompters, videos, graphics, cameras and more. Engineers discovered the breakdown at around 4:30 a.m., when the broadcast was about to begin.

The station kept viewers informed about the situation via social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, Frye said. Local ads didn’t air during the period, and the station will have to “make good” on those, he said.

KAKE installed the equipment in July of 2011, and it has run smoothly until today, Frye said. Engineers continue to work on the machine, and Frye said the goal is to have it completely repaired by today’s 5 p.m. newscast.

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