Emergency alert system
Glitches in nationwide emergency alert test
14 November 2011
Last Wednesday the United States conducted its first ever nationwide test of its emergency alert system, but based on reports the test did not go smoothly; instead of hearing the alert tone as the emergency alert title card was being displayed, some DirectTV subscribers were treated to Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"
Every radio station and television channel was to be interrupted for thirty seconds at exactly 2 PM EST, but that was not exactly the case. Instead of hearing the alert tone as the emergency alert title card was being displayed, some DirectTV subscribers were treated to Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Meanwhile some Comcast subscribers in Northern Virginia had their televisions switched to QVC during the test.
In New York the test never played for some Time Warner Cable subscribers, while for many in Los Angeles the test lasted nearly thirty minutes. Additionally, some channels like MTV never ran the test, while various local stations across the country were several minutes late....
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