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January 22, 2004 03:04 AM

Broken: CNN clock

Bill Jackson sends us this picture of the clock shown on CNN at certain interstitial moments during its broadcasts.

The problem is that the clock's hands are always in the same position. Except for two minutes during the day, the clock is always wrong. How hard would it be for CNN actually to display a clock with the correct time? (At least the appropriate number of minutes after the hour?)


It's probably just clip art, and would actually be harder to re-render than to simply leave as it is.

Still, I admit, it's a rather bad choice of clip art...

Posted by: codeman38 at January 23, 2004 10:27 AM

Looks like the clock itself is broken. The hour hand is halfway between 10 and 11, but the minute hand is a minute or two past 12. No wonder it can't keep time!

Posted by: Michael Spina at January 27, 2004 07:29 PM

I can see why it seems like it would be easy to show the correct time on the clock, but actually it would be very difficult. I have worked in television environments. Video editors have to render the video clips in advance that are inserted inbetween the broadcasts. These "chunks" of video could be created on the fly, but it requires multi-million dollar machines (which i am sure CNN has), but most importantly it greatly increases the risk that something could go wrong during the live broadcast. CNN has to minimize unnecssary risks and problems during its broadcasts and I'm sure they determined it is better to have an inaccurate clock that will always work than an accurate clock that may result in one of those "Technical Difficulties" messages.

Posted by: john miller at February 4, 2004 04:34 PM

It's also worth pointing out that no working clock would ever

have its hour hand squarely planted between the 10 and 11

while the minute hand points nearly directly to 12.

Posted by: mikeb at February 12, 2004 10:55 PM

It's also worth pointing out that what mikeb thought was worth pointing out was already pointed out.

Posted by: Brian at March 17, 2005 04:02 PM

Owned by Brian again!

Posted by: Henry at April 13, 2005 12:18 PM

one time i was wathing NBC and the computer actualy froze up and his weather map had the same thing for 15whole minutes than he walked off the screen. Also one time i was watching a live TV show, i forgot what it was called, but they had a little box the poped up on te screen and it ran into an error and what showed up was a volume control on windows 98!

Posted by: random pete at May 4, 2005 10:17 PM

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