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What the hell is going on with ABC World News with Charles Gibson?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2009 1:31PM
Charles GibsonI'm not sure if anyone else in the world is experiencing this, but every time I watch ABC World News with Charles Gibson, something happens that confuses and scares me a little.

During the commercials, the vocal track is completely silent, and all I hear is the music track.

But it doesn't happen during all commercials, just the ones for medication. Whenever an ad for Cialis or Lipitor or Flomax or something similar comes on, all I hear is the music. It's very strange to hear just the music for a commercial. It's like I've stumbled on to a secret music-only track, like the ones that a lot of movies on DVD have. It's been happening for a few months now, and it doesn't occur on CBS or NBC. It's a nightly WTF moment for me, though I will admit it's intriguing to hear the music upfront without the vocal distraction.

Anyone else experiencing this, or has something taken over my television?

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Everything on ABC in Yuma, AZ does it. Cable, HD Cable and DTV OTA. Seems like 2 out of 3 national commercials.

October 25 2009 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've experienced it as well. Frankly, those damn drug commercials are greatly improved when the dialogue is removed ;-)

August 05 2009 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Schrantz

This happens to our ABC, even on analog cable with plain old 2-channel stereo. It happens during Wipeout and Japanese Game Show and...well, I guess that's all we watch on ABC.

For us it usually happens during the first 30 seconds back from a commercial. It's got to be an ABC problem.

August 05 2009 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
El in AZ

Phoenix market. KNXV-DT.

Same thing happened about 2 weeks ago and it was some drug commercial. I often watch Gibson live. On any other show, I wouldn't have seen any commercials.

And yeah, it was disconcerting.

I watch World News 3 or 4 nights a week and I only noticed the sound anomaly that one time.

August 05 2009 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Adams

I'm on Comast in Boston and it will happen occasionally on all the channels, not just ABC/WCVB, and it definitely is a 5.1 problem (if you switch to something else, the audio works fine). CVB told me it was a network problem, not with CVB or Comcast.

August 05 2009 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've lost the vocal track (but not ambient noise) on recorded shows befeore, but never on live TV.


August 05 2009 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This happened to me as well. I haven't checked since I dvr'ed through the commercials. I don't recall whether it happened for all commercials or just the medication ones though.

August 05 2009 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've had the same experience both on cable and OTA. The worst time was during the final two episodes of According To Jim (yes, I'm a fan) when the sound was so low I had to turn the volume up about five times the normal, then the commercials would come screaming back at normal levels.

August 05 2009 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dean's comment

Something similar happened to me when I was watching According to Jim. I would hear the laugh track, but there were no jokes preceding it. Maybe I have a loose wire or a problem with my HD box. Strange.

August 05 2009 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wayne Dunham

I too have seen it from time to time on certain HD broadcasts.
That's why I still record both the HD and SD versions of all my recordings. ;)

I'm pretty sure I've seen it on CBS and NBC too. Just be glad you weren't watching a sitcom where the only sound is the laughtrack!

I wouldn't know if it happened during commercials. My TV doesn't have commercials thanks to my Home Theater PC and commercial marking/skipping software.
Plus I never watch liveTv and commercials are one of the main reasons why.

August 05 2009 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have had this happen plenty of times with ABC DTV. I presume the center channel is lost.

August 05 2009 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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