Sun sets early at NBC Chicago

During WMAQ-TV’s 6 p.m. newscast, viewers may have noticed something a bit odd about the faux windows behind the anchors — the video being fed to it showed nighttime view despite the sun being still fully up at the time.

The NBC O&O, like its sister stations with simliar video panel arrays designed to look like windows (as well as other stations across the country), typically feeding a live or looping video to the monitors.

The view, even if not live, typically at least matches the lighting for the time of the day for that season.

Just a few minutes after the screenshot above was taken about 12 minutes into the broadcast, NBC 5 showed a meteorologist in front of another video feed that was either live or at least matched the actual lighting.

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Then, about five minutes later, the sun abruptly returned to shot behind the anchors, as seen in this shot taken a bit later in the newscast:

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It’s worth noting that the “night” image likely wasn’t just an issue of a camera being improperly shaded — since the car’s headlights are visible in the screen.

The station has used generic graphics in place of the video feed in the past.

Ironically, later in the newscast during a weather toss, the anchors commented on it being a “weird” weather day — though they were actually referring to a funnel cloud that is believed to have formed from industrial pollution.

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