Spokane TV station KREM airs 13 seconds of porn during weather report!

The explicit content was reportedly aired for at least 13 seconds before the screen cut to further weather coverage


                            Spokane TV station KREM airs 13 seconds of porn during weather report!
Washington-based news station KREM aired a pornographic clip during a 6 pm broadcast on Sunday, October 17. (KREM)
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A local news station had to apologize after accidentally broadcasting pornography during a live evening newscast.

Spokane, Washington-based news station KREM aired a pornographic clip during a 6 pm broadcast on Sunday, October 17. The video was seen playing over the right shoulder of meteorologist Michelle Boss as she was giving a weather update on the BCS affiliated station. The explicit content was aired for at least 13 seconds on the presenter's backside as neither she nor her co-anchor on the report, Cody Proctor, reacted to the clip before the screen cut to further weather coverage.

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KREM apologized for the incident later that evening on its 11 pm broadcast, Adweek reported. "Those of us here at KREM 2 want to apologize for something that happened in our 6 pm newscast tonight," the station said in a statement. "An inappropriate video aired in the first part of the show. We are diligently working to make sure something like this doesn't happen again."

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The clip sparked numerous calls from concerned citizens across the nation and the incident is currently being investigated by the Spokane Police Department. "The Spokane Police Department Special Victims Unit responded to a local news outlet Sunday evening after a disturbing image/video appeared on the screens of viewers during the station's weather report," the department said in a press release.

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"Around 6:30 PM on Sunday SPD began to receive calls regarding what was described as a pornographic or explicit image appearing during a television weather forecast. It was a short video segment, generally described as a small portion of the screen, showing a separate image from the newscast of what appeared to be a possibly pornographic or explicit image. Estimates were the image/video lasted about 10 seconds," the department added.

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According to Newsweek, the Spokane Police Department's Special Victims Unit (SVU) and Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) confirmed they were coordinating with the station to conduct an investigation and find out how the video appeared on a newscast and where it originated. "At the time of this release, the investigation is ongoing and no culpability of any kind has been determined," police added.

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Taking to Twitter, local reporter Daniel Walters shared a blurred screengrab of the clip and confirmed that authorities were investigating the incident. "It's a very strange clip -- so strange I thought it might have been a hoax when I first saw it. Nobody on screen seems to react, and it takes shockingly long before they cut away," Walters, who works for the Inlander, tweeted.

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That said, this isn't the first time a news station has unwittingly broadcast x-rated content. CNN stunned its viewership on Thanksgiving night 2016 as they prepared to air Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' but broadcast a half-hour of porn instead. A viewer shared explicit images of adult film star Riley Quinn on Twitter as they appeared on her screen instead of the Bourdain travelogue she was anticipating. She also asked her cable provider, RCN, for an explanation. The Twitter user said the clip went on for at least 30 minutes until the channel blacked out completely at 11 pm local time.

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