This was an entertainment show, with a large audience of children. There was no need to interrupt the script of Santa's arrival with an incomplete 'news bulletin'.
Syberyenta, my daughters agree with you. One got very upset that CBS was not showing the parade, only some dumb old light pole. Mom saved the day by locating the parade on NBC instead.
NBC can treat the parade as an entertainment show, if they wish. But NBC's entertainment division ought to hire someone other than NBC's newscasters to present the parade if they want to treat it as an entertainment show, show year-old footage (even with attribution) and not report the real news of what was happening. The way NBC did it, Katie and Matt looked like fools and lost their credibility among adults.
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