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[[caption-width-right:300:"We take you now to Kermit the Frog with another fast-breaking news story!"]]

Our hero is plonked in front of his or her favourite show when the show is suddenly interrupted, whether by [[ThisJustIn inside]] or [[DoNotAdjustYourSet outside]] forces, to deliver a ([[WorstNewsJudgementEver usually]]) shocking and/or plot-relevant announcement.

Whether the protagonist actually [[IgnoredVitalNewsReports pays attention]] is another matter.

See also ThisJustIn, where it's a news program that interrupts itself for this purpose. See EmergencyBroadcast for a common way this happens in RealLife.



[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/AGoodCompromise'', the Federation News Network breaks into a broadcast of a soccer match between Earth and the Denobulans to report on the Fek'Ihri attack on Moab III, which involves their affiliate there [[ImAHumanitarian being eaten]].
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''Porte-Boner'': not only is the program being interrupted ''a DVD'', but the reporter in question somehow knows that it's a bootleg porn movie.

* In ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' this happens, but Ken Mattingly [[IgnoredVitalNewsReports just misses it]]-- he turns the TV off to go to bed and only finds out when NASA sends someone to his house (he'd also taken his phone off the hook).
* In ''Film/WithoutWarning1994'', this is pulled on the viewer: The beginning is a murder mystery, itself titled ''Without Warning'', which turns out to be a FakeOutOpening and is quickly interrupted by a special report (the main plot presented as a PhonyNewscast).
* ''Film/TwoSoldiers'': "We interrupt this broadcast" as a radio bulletin reports the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman this happens midway through the book. As George & Harold are about to hypnotize Ms. Ribble, the chapter is interrupted by a news report which says that the Hypno rings have just been recalled because they cause a hypnotized woman to do the opposite of what she has been hypnotized to do.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', a BBC radio broadcast gets interrupted to deliver the guys some vitally important news. Naturally, they don't notice.
* In ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "Ultimatum," this trope was {{invoked}} by the IMF in conjunction with CoincidentalBroadcast. The target of the sting didn't question the coincidence that his music program would be repeatedly interrupted with information directly relevant to his own situation.
* Recently used in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in skits where their version of the founder of Wikileaks statics out someone else's broadcast to [[DoNotAdjustYourSet send his message]].
* Before ''Series/TheCape'' was released, radio ads for it were released which started with music and interrupted it with a fake news broadcast in this fashion.
* Series/{{Svengoolie}}'s show starts with an announcement: "Calling all stations! Clear the airlanes, clear '''all''' airlanes for the big broadcast!"
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' did this as a gag in one episode where a regular program is interrupted with "We interrupt this program to annoy you and make things generally irritating for you." and later with "Good evening. We interrupt this program again, A, to irritate you, and B, to provide work for one of our announcers." which then is followed by a a very nervous new announcer doing his job, get a pep talk from his colleagues and having a congratulatory cocktail afterward.
* In the '70s and '80s, ''Series/SesameStreet'' had their "News Flash" segments featuring reporter [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit the Frog]] interrupting the series for a "fast-breaking news story," usually involving a fairy tale or nursery rhyme spoof (that doesn't go as planned, in most cases.) They were a regular part of the series until the late '90s, when they began appearing less and less, before disappearing from the show completely after 2001.
* Happens in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' while Phil and his law partners are watching a football game a new program interrupts. Helps Phil find out that Will and Carlton were arbitrarily arrested and jailed.
* Not an external interruption, but a match on ''Series/RobotWars'' was once halted in the middle of the fight for external radio interference. It turned out that an audience member had brought their own robot with them and was messing with it during the fight.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' uses the line for the "News Flash" and "Greatest Hits" games.
* ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' often pauses the show just before something crazy happens. an example being a man on a dirt bike is riding towards the desk and just as it gets into frame the show pauses on that frame with the text "we'll be right back" on the top right and a short little transition song plays.


* Music/DoctorSteel's song, "Greedy", starts out with a news bulletin about three escaped prisoners of an insane asylum (one of them, we gather, is Dr. Steel).
* [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]]'s "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" begins with a news report of a devastating earthquake which interrupts the show our narrator is watching. He sighs about the cruelty of fate -- because he was recording it and everything.

* Creator/OrsonWelles' 1938 ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' broadcast begins with a weather report, then a music show featuring "Ramon Raquello and His Orchestra", and transitioned in this fashion to the news bulletins that started the main story.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'', the Sinister Syndicate cuts off all the TV signals in the city to broadcast their demands for New York to surrender, with Hobgoblin even saying, "We interrupt this program to give you a special report!..."
* The ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' ride at certain Ride/DisneyThemeParks has a small screen showing tourist information of Monstropolis which is interrupted by news that a child has been found in the city.

* The first episode of ''VideoGame/TheyHunger'' had the radio station interrupt to inform about "unknown atmospheric phenomena". As the player learns, it turns out to be lightning that creates (some) of the zombies of the game, when it strikes the graveyard at the nearby church.
* In ''VideoGame/LiberalCrimeSquad'', you can liberally sneak into the conservative AM Radio Station or Cable News Studio, and liberally discuss a randomly chosen conservative issue, liberally helping it getting more liberal. You can also do the same by [[RunningGag liberally]] gunning your way through the [[OverusedRunningGag conservative]] security.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'': When Attley and Fletch attend the eponymous circus show, the curtain goes up to reveal that the person on the tightrope wire is actually Sammy Talbot - one of [[EldritchAbomination the Scarecrows]].
-->'''Sammy:''' ''Oh, my apologies for this disturbance. I promise I won't be long. I'm simply looking... for a Miss Attley Grimshaw.''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The short film ''Film/BatmanDeadEnd'' starts with this sort of a news broadcast about the escaped Joker.
* In WebVideo/EnderPixel, in the bus during ''LOL 5'' part 2, a random cat interrupts the entire episode by jumping in randomly.
* The Strong Bad Email "senior prom" from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' begins with this. "Let the King have some!"
** "The King of Town's Very Own, Quite Popular Cartoon Show" eventually became an actual episode. "For reals this time!"
* The popular ''[=PowerThirst=]'' skit had, "We interrupt this advertisement to '''BLOW YOUR MIND'''."
** Bonus points in that it was interrupting itself.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', the intro starts as one of these.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' has this as a CouchGag.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had a short where Buster's video game was interrupted for a announcement.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', during the scene in [[OriginsEpisode "The Chip"]] where Dexter presses the Delete key and inadvertently starts the process that turns him into Freakazoid, right when the music ramps up, right before his finger touches the key... "We interrupt this program to increase dramatic tension. ''({{beat}})'' Now, back to our program!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' begins by interrupting ''The Fluffy Bunny Show'' and taking its timeslot.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' did this quite a bit. Usually it would interrupt the exercise show "Bunmaster," often as part of a plot point. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the episode "Put to Pasture"...
-->"And now for another ridiculously plot-heavy O-Town special report!"
* Even Kent Brockman of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' will do this on occasion. A Simpsons comic spoofed it, when Kent introduced his special report with "We interrupt this program, quite frankly... because we can!"
* The '"WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'' episode "The Attack of Dr. Mars" opens with a family watching a news report on TV. The little girl believes it to be real, but her parents remind her that it's just a TV movie. And then...
-->'''Top Cat:''' We interrupt this TV movie to tell you that this is no TV movie! The Martians really are attacking Earth!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Secret of Success", Doofenshmirtz tries to invoke this with his Preempt-inator. Then later in the episode the preempted program ''is preempted again'' by an actual breaking news.
-->'''Newscaster:''' We preempt this current preemption to bring you another preemption.
* WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants has done this quite a few times.
** Occurs twice in the episode "Nasty Patty". The first time, while [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs are trying to impress a health inspector with the entire Krusty Krab's menu.
-->"We interrupt this cancan to bring you this newsflash. Be on the lookout for a man that's been passing himself off as a health inspector in order to obtain free food. That is all."
** A little later, after [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs try to serve the presumed phony a disgusting meal and believe they've killed him.
-->"We interrupt your laughter at other peoples' expense to bring you this update. The fake inspector has been captured; here is his picture. If a health inspector comes to your restaurant and he's not this guy, ''he's real''. That is all."
** In the episode "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy V":
-->"We interrupt your bleak and meaningless lives to bring you this newsflash."
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** The WesternAnimation/PorkyPig cartoon ''WesternAnimation/KittyKornered'' has Porky's four cats planning to scare him out of the house by dressing up as aliens and staging a fake radio report about an invasion from Mars.
** The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''Hare Tonic'' has Bugs going behind Elmer's radio to provide a fake news announcement about an outbreak of "rabbititis".
* In the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoon ''Mickey's Parrot'', Mickey and Pluto are by the radio listening to [[TastesLikeDiabetes an overly-sweet story]] that gets interrupted by a news flash about an escaped killer. The titular parrot then wanders into the basement and makes a ruckus, causing the two to believe that the killer is in their house.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/{{CBS}} famously interrupted ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' to report on the shooting and eventual death of President UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy on November 22, 1963.
* In series 38, episode 7 of ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', a crew member walked up to Ian Hislop and whispered in his ear. Ian then announced that [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8083585.stm cabinet minister James Purnell had just resigned,]] just as the panel were discussing the various cabinet resignations that had occurred during that week.
** News that Ed Miliband was resigning as Leader of the Labour Party similarly interrupted another episode. A week later, discussion of Chuka Umunna, who was one of the candidates to be Miliband's replacement, was interrupted by the news that Umunna was dropping out of the race.
* The live broadcast of ''[[Franchise/{{Quatermass}} Quatermass 2005]]'' had an on-screen graphic displayed twice, advising viewers that a major news story (the death of Pope John Paul II) was being covered on BBC News 24.
* This also happens whenever Royals die in the UK; Normal programming is either interrupted by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-fSTgFXblE the picture of the Union Jack and sombre music]], or a message telling viewers to change to a news channel. Such events are also likely to disrupt regular programming for the rest of the day. Although it wasn't expected, a good example of both this trope and ThisJustIn is how British Channels responded to [[http://www.meldrum.co.uk/mhp/continuity/diana.html the death of Princess Diana]].
** Which is very annoying because after the first hour they had absolutely no new news whatsoever, and because EVERY SINGLE OTHER CHANNEL was telling you to turn to the news channels, you couldn't escape.
* Obviously happened on September 11, 2001. You can find plenty of footage on YouTube; it's especially eerie to see how "normally" the day started. Some regular programs took days to come back on the air.
* "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E24TurnaboutIntruder Turnabout Intruder]]", the last episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', was pre-empted by the death of UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower. It didn't air until two months later.
* During a live broadcast of ''MondayNightFootball'' in 1980, Music/JohnLennon's assassination was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n73GFvAyIjs announced on-air]] by commentator Howard Cosell.
** Similarly, an ESPN ''Sunday Night Baseball'' telecast in 2011 was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCVMD-TMqkk interrupted]] for an announcement of the death of UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden.
* It isn't to say that a children's movie is [[SeriousBusiness important]], but outrage ensued from angry parents on social media when NBC interrupted their airing of an ''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]]'' film in favour of a news report on the Trayvon Martin case.
* Cable news channels have become infamous for overusing and inverting this trope - MSNBC uses a "Breaking News" graphic for the top-stories update at :38 after the hour in prime time, Fox News once broke in on a live-on-camera interview with a U.S. Senator to show Music/JustinBieber being perp-walked after a routine court hearing.
** On this or a similar occasion, Shepard Smith called out on air the ridiculousness of devoting the breaking news graphic for celebrity news.
* In Russia, both today and during the Soviet-era, classical music being played on all official channels has become recognizable as shorthand for "something terrible has happened." When Chernobyl happened, all radio played classical music for two days until the official announcement was prepared.
** This tends to be standard practice for totalitarian regimes. When it came time for the Nazis to announce the catastrophic defeat at Stalingrad, they replaced all regular programming with Anton Bruckner's Seventh Symphony before announcing the Sixth Army's fate.
* The second-to-last episode of the Japanese series ''[[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger Ressha Sentai ToQger]]'' was interrupted by a newscast about the death of a Japanese journalist at the hands of the terrorist group ISIS. It was long enough to push the final two episodes (and thus, the premiere of ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'') back, but short enough that ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' and ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' aired uninterrupted.
* Creator/RoosterTeeth did this twice, using the news recap show "The Know-It-All" to reveal Creator/MontyOum's hospitalization (and that there would be no videos from Rooster Teeth that weekend), then using "The Know" a few days later to reveal of his passing, again stating that there would be no videos because of it.