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The NTV Evening Newshour


Slug/Label NTV Evening Newshour
Date Aired or Published Jan. 17, 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: NTV News
Name of Program: The NTV Evening Newshour
If co-produced, list partner: N/A
Location: St. John's
List awards, grants: N/A
Running time (TV/Radio): 59:30

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The weather models appeared ominous - a destructive brew of extreme snow and howling winds - promising a winter blizzard that would paralyze the province’s east coast. It was a storm that lived up to the hype, dropping in excess of 80 cm of snow with hurricane-force winds. Fittingly, the wintry tempest struck on Jan. 17, just one day after the country mourned the death of patriot John Crosbie - a politician known for igniting some intense storms during his career. This blizzard will be remembered as perhaps the worst in a century. The metro region was paralyzed for a week in a state of emergency. The military was later brought in to help deal with the destruction. The storm, aptly named 'Snowmageddon', kick-started a year for the ages.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

The storm literally took an entire newsroom to cover. In fact, with much of the region paralyzed by the storm - and the CBC plunged into darkness after going off the air - the NTV Evening Newshour delivered those pictures. In fact, much of the team at NTV became stranded to cover this story. Many were forced to take cover and sleep at the station, providing content not just to viewers in this province but on CTV's national audience.

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