Ottawa Shootings Spur Network Pre-Emptions, Fears of Broader Terror Attacks

Ottawa Canada Parliament shooting October 22
Chris Wattie/Reuters

ABC, NBC and CBS broke into regularly scheduled daytime programming Wednesday with bulletins on the chaos in Ottawa, Canada, sparked by shootings in and around the nation’s parliament.

The incident is believed to have involved at least two or three gunmen, according to broadcast reports, with reports of shots being fired inside parliament and at soldiers guarding a war memorial outside. Shots were also reported to have been heard at a nearby shopping mall.

ABC broke into the final moments of “The View” with a report shortly before noon ET. NBC News aired a report anchored by “Today’s” Matt Lauer at about 12:30 p.m. ET. CBS went on air shortly before 1 p.m. ET.

The all-news cablers marshaled major coverage amid initial concerns about the whereabouts of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and other key officials. Within an hour of the attack, dramatic amateur videos of chaos in the capital snapped on smartphones and tablets began making its way to CNN and other outlets.

Update: CNN reports that the soldier who was shot at National War Memorial has died of his injuries.


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  1. Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

    CBC News Coverage is outstanding. It is a model of integrity, restraint and professionalism for TV journalism. It can be viewed online at no charge:
    May God help the people of Canada through this sad tragedy and the family, friends and colleagues of the lost soldier. Peace be with all readers of Variety.

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