Just as Oprah was about to ask Barbara Walters about her affair with Sen. Ed Brooke, ABC News broke into the program with a special report on the North Carolina primary. The switchboard lit up at KGO ABC7. The Chron’s Joe Garofoli asked General Manager Valari Staab what happened.
- “(I) ran downstairs to try to get Master Control to come back to Oprah exactly where it left off, but the news bulletin was only 2 minutes long and Master Control had already rejoined Oprah in progress. … With the help of many others, we got a crawl on the air saying we would show the missed segment at approximately 4:55 and then we started dropping commercials and cueing the missed minutes to the right point and managed just barely to get it on the air and still start the 5 p.m. news on time. The fun and excitement of live television!”