SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A South Bend television station is defending its decision to cut away from the finish of the Indianapolis 500 for a severe weather report.
WBND news director Aaron Ramey tells the South Bend Tribune that tornado warnings had been issued for the area on Sunday, and "public safety is a priority" for the ABC affiliate.
No tornadoes touched down in the area, but two funnel clouds were reported
Ramey says the station received complaints from "quite a few people" who missed the last-second twist finish of the 100th anniversary race, in which rookie JR Hildebrand hit the wall on the last lap and was passed by winner Dan Wheldon.
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WNDU chief meteorologist Mike Hoffman said few viewers complained when a severe weather broadcast interrupted a golf tournament Sunday on NBC.
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