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Power Outage Knocks TV Station Off the Air

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

KABC-TV Channel 7 in Los Angeles was knocked off the air for more than three hours Sunday by a power outage at its Mt. Wilson transmitter.

William Burton, vice president of programming, advertising and promotion, said the outage from about 1 to 3:30 p.m. affected all but direct satellite viewers of the station.

“There has been some ongoing power maintenance” at Mt. Wilson, Burton said, “and somehow the backup equipment did not kick in as it is supposed to.”

Burton said the snafu interrupted coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which were rebroadcast when the station regained power. The programming change led the station to cancel several other programs.

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