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The Philadelphia Inquirer has the details, including reaction from those who were there, but here's the gist:

The handful of students and alumni that gathered in Penn State's student center this morning to watch the release of the Freeh report live were stunned when the channel suddenly switched.

While most of campus was still sleepy, the small group was viewing CNN on a large screen, or one of several smaller screens nearby, in anticipation of the 9 a.m. release of the report on the sex abuse scandal that has gripped the school.


But, just as an anchor was ready to speak about the report, the television screens suddenly went blank. They then turned to a public access channel featuring a reporter from The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown about the state budget.


The Inquirer report goes on to say "a university employee was in charge of what is broadcast. That person, the student said, was in a meeting and could not be reached." Well, if there's one thing Penn State employees should have learned from the Freeh Group, it's that ignoring a problem will totally make it go away.

Update (1:21 p.m.): After having switched to public access the moment the report was released at 9 a.m., the TVs in the student center did eventually show the Freeh Group's 10 a.m. press conference.

TVs at PSU student center suddenly switched to public access [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Read all our coverage of the Freeh report here.

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