Friday Flashback: What was on air in Australia when 9/11 attacks happened?
September 11 2001 was a night of Rove Live, The West Wing & CSI before Sandra Sully broke news to Australia....
Everybody remembers when they heard about 9/11 attacks.
I was still up late when it looked like a light plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
I turned on the TV where Sandra Sully was famously live to air. I alerted my housemate and we began watching, but I couldn’t raise a friend on the phone to tune in too.
As the horror unfolded, I kept watching into the early hours of the morning on the NBC Today show, which was broadcasting Live from New York.
But what else was on air for Australian viewers that night?
Courtesy of history site TelevisionAU we can see normal programming involved CSI, All Saints, Rove Live, Stingers, The Bill (these had already concluded) with Lateline, The West Wing, Talking Footy at around the same time as the attacks.
Nightline with Jim Waley was on air from 11:25pm and Seven Late News screened from 11:40pm.
I have no idea if late night programmes Star Trek: The Next Generation, Big Sky or Letterman proceeded that night, but I’m guessing not…
By the next morning, Australian networks had wall to wall coverage from New York, which pretty much continued for several days.