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Internet outage knocks San Francisco’s ABC7 off air

KGO-TV was forced to simulcast its sister-station from Los Angeles for about two hours Thursday morning.

KGO-TV was forced to simulcast its sister-station from Los Angeles for about two hours Thursday morning.

A television studio used by Disney-owned ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco. (Photo via Google Maps, Graphic by The Desk)
A television studio used by Disney-owned ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco. (Photo via Google Maps, Graphic by The Desk)

An Internet outage is being blamed for a glitch that knocked a San Francisco television station off the air on Thursday.

The incident happened around the start of KGO-TV’s (Channel 7) morning news program, leaving the station unable to broadcast local news, weather or traffic for about two hours, according to two sources who spoke with The Desk on background.

The outage impacted KGO-TV’s newsroom and studios, but did not impact the station’s master control operations. During the outage, KGO-TV provided news and weather from sister-station KABC-TV (Channel 7) in Los Angeles.

The situation was resolved around 7 a.m. Pacific Time. (10 a.m. Eastern Time).

The Disney-owned station is the latest to suffer an outage over the past week. On Tuesday, social media platform Facebook suffered from a major glitch that automatically logged users out of their accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Threads. The situation was resolved about an hour later.

Yesterday, thousands of users on LinkedIn were unable to log into their accounts during a similar outage that lasted about an hour.

Disclosure: The author of this story worked for KGO-TV from May 2012 to January 2013.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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