Washington news station investigated after airing pornographic content during segment: report

A local news station in eastern Washington is being investigated by police after a pornographic video allegedly played on a screen behind a weatherman giving the forecast last Sunday night at 6 p.m.

The Spokane Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is investigating the origin of the explicit video and how it ended up on KREM-TV during dinnertime, the Spokane spokesperson reported.

Viewers had called the ministry to report the video.

It would have been shown for about 10 seconds before being removed from the screen.

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KREM-TV is a CBS affiliate station in Spokane, Washington.
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A department spokesperson said investigators have yet to conclude whether the release of the video was a criminal act.

KREM apologized for the video in a later Sunday broadcast. “Those of us here at KREM 2 want to apologize for something that happened on our 6 p.m. news tonight. An inappropriate video was shown in the first part of the show. We are working with diligence to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again,” owner TEGNA reiterated in a statement to the Review.

KREM-TV is a CBS affiliate station in Spokane, Washington.  (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

KREM-TV is a CBS affiliate station in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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The Spokane Police Department's Special Victims Unit is investigating where the explicit video came from and how it ended up on KREM-TV during dinnertime.

The Spokane Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is investigating where the explicit video came from and how it ended up on KREM-TV during dinnertime.
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The station could face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission – in 2015, Virginia station WDBJ-TV was fined $325,000 for showing sexually explicit material while reporting on a former star adult filmmaker who had joined a volunteer rescue team, according to the Roanoke Times.

TEGNA did not immediately respond to Fox News’ late-night request for comment.