Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Brian Williams ignores fire alarm during ‘NBC Nightly News’ broadcast

Brian Williams, host of NBC's "Nightly News," kicked off its East Coast newscast Tuesday night with a story on American Airlines' bankruptcy--and a persistent fire alarm. Just seconds into the broadcast, a fire alarm interrupted Williams, who told the audience that it was indeed a fire alarm before throwing to reporter Tom Costello. "You'll forgive us, we have a fire alarm announcement going on here," Williams, a former volunteer firefighter in Middletown Township, New Jersey, said. The alarm continued throughout much of the broadcast. Later, Williams assured viewers that "there is no danger to us."The Pacific Coast did not get to see Williams' deft-handling of the alarm; NBC re-taped the segment for the West Coast broadcast of "Nightly News."

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