CBS Sticks with Regular Programming as Royal Baby Arrives

NBC bumps summer drama 'Siberia' for 10 p.m. Dateline special 'The Little Prince'

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CBS decided to stick with regular programming on Monday as word of the Royal Baby’s birth surfaced out of London at about 3:30 p.m. ET.

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.

NBC quickly announced plans to bump Monday’s skedded 10 p.m. episode of summer drama “Siberia” for an hourlong Dateline special, “The Little Prince,” hosted by Natalie Morales.

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.