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Newsreader blast for tornado trolls

South Dakota newsreader Nancy Naeve takes inconsiderate viewers to task after they complained about breaks in regular programming for tornado warnings.

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A US news anchor lashed out at viewers who called and complained about tornado warnings interrupting their favourite TV shows.

KSFY anchor Nancy Naeve – out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota – spoke her mind on the practice of angry viewers bombarding stations with nasty complaints over missing such indispensable shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Big Bang Theory.

Naeve's station received a flood of complaints when programming was pre-empted for tornado coverage late on Sunday:

''I tell you what. Quit calling and ripping Shawn [the meteorologist] for being on the air to save people’s lives ... No show is as important as someone’s life,'' Naeve told viewers in an emotional outburst.

''You aren’t going to go on the air if it’s not important. And people just berated our station for him being on the air. I tell you what, if it was your home and your neighbours, you would feel differently. So please, please don’t do that. That’s not nice ... You can go to ABC.com and watch your show ... We get it.  We get it. You love your show and we love that you’re watching KSFY. But we love that Shawn was saving lives, literally ... Please don’t call and complain. That’s not nice. It really gets me mad.''

Tornado season in the US has been particularly harsh in recent years, with a greater number of twisters touching down on the same day across states. A massive storm system sent tornadoes through a large swath of the mid-west and south in the US in late April, raising suburbs in Arkansas and Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and Iowa.

Washington Post