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Old 01-12-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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I read that Los Angeles is the Police Car Chase capital of the world and a lot of them are broadcast on Live TV. So i want to get a first account from the people living there if this was true. Here are my specific questions:

1. How often per day, or per week, or per month does a Live Broadcast of a Police Chase occur in LA? Someone mentioned on another site that the amount televised has dropped considerably (if so, how many times was it broadcast before and now).

2. You may not know but are there other cities who broadcast live chases as much as LA?

3. What channels in LA are more notorious for broadcasting Live chases or do they all compete to broadcast and so most of the news channels cover one if one is happening?

Thanks for the insight.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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the car chase craze began after the OJ Simpson white bronco incident. Recently, it's not nearly as popular to show chases on tv as it used to be. i watch the news fairly frequently and they rarely mention car chases any more or show them live, maybe once every few months. Consider that with almost weekly car chases making it to tv. Channel 4 NBC and channel 5 KTLA used to be the worst from what i remember.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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1. How often per day, or per week, or per month does a Live Broadcast of a Police Chase occur in LA? Someone mentioned on another site that the amount televised has dropped considerably (if so, how many times was it broadcast before and now).

2. You may not know but are there other cities who broadcast live chases as much as LA?

3. What channels in LA are more notorious for broadcasting Live chases or do they all compete to broadcast and so most of the news channels cover one if one is happening?

Thanks for the insight.
1. The number of police chases broadcast has noticeably dried up in the past couple years (it's likely also a function of my watching less local TV). It used to be that there'd be a chase every 7-10 days. Now, I usually catch one every month or two.
2. No idea. I've lived in the Bay Area but didn't a TV, and never noticed a single chase.
3. Definitely FOX 11. They seem to be the biggest on "BREAKING NEWS" (in all-caps - which I find quite annoying; I don't need to be yelled at by your headlines to know that there's something happening). But all the news channels are all big on "breaking news"... I'd attribute this partly to LA's size (there's always some news story - either a fire or a shooting or a bear in someone's backyard - happening everyday), and partly to the prevalence of traffic helicopters in the city. Every station has it's own helicopter, so it's tempting and exciting to air live breaking news as often as they can.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks for the information...i am putting together a report for school and wanted to get some real answers of what it is like today. Wow, so from both of you guys you're saying the chases aren't shown much at all these days.

I noticed the stats are off the charts how many chases happen in California each year (about 100,000) but most end in under 2 mins and the rest apparently dont make the live "BREAKING NEWS" any more.

Must have been quite the era for tv!
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