ABC and NBC broke into their regular daytime lineups with news specials. ABC’s coverage, anchored by David Muir, ran for 40 minutes bumping soap operas and other programming. Barbara Walters even joined in.
Fox, which does not have any network daytime programming, offered its affils the option of carrying a Fox News-produced special report.
The Eye said it opted to cover the story in its regular newscasts, which in East Coast markets was not too far from the time the news broke out of Kensington Palace in London. On the East Coast the Eye’s Gotham flagship WCBS-TV was in the middle of talkshow “Dr. Phil”; in West Coast markets sudser “The Bold and the Beautiful” had just started.
The cable news networks, of course, went all-out with coverage of the reaction to the birth of the boy who is third in line to the British throne.