Scripps Home/Lifestyle Networks on 9/11 (partially found footage of program suspension; 2001)

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A low-quality image of the suspension.

Status: Partially Found

On September 11th, 2001, the E.W. Scripps Company temporarily suspended programming on HGTV and Food Network (and possibly DIY Network) after the infamous 9/11 attacks. It suspended normal programming with a slide saying "Due to the nature of today's tragic events *insert either Food Network, HGTV or DIY Network* is suspending programming. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families." while the music Landscapes - De Wolfe was playing.

While most reports seem to suggest that this suspension lasted one day, a single photo of the Food Network slide saying "Due to the nature of Tuesday's tragic events, Food Network is suspending programming. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families.", that resurfaced on a 9/11 archive website in January 2019 seems to suggest that programming was suspended for several days.

Numerous short clips of the program suspension exist on YouTube. However, the Food Network and HGTV suspensions are usually brief portions of a much larger channel surf during 9/11, with the DIY Network[1] not having any surviving footage as of 2019. Other than this short clip and the photo, the Food Network television suspension is only existed via short glimpses of channel surfing, unlike the HGTV version, which was uploaded in a longer video capturing the start of the suspension on August 20, 2018. Footage of Food Network in between 12:30-1: 30 PM Eastern Time on September 11th is believed to exist as part of 9/11 channel surfs. It is believed that all three of the Scripps networks suspended programming at exactly 1:00 PM Eastern Time with the HGTV suspension of "Appraise It!".

It is currently unknown how long programming was suspended on across the three networks, but again, the only known photo of Food Network's 9/11 suspension seems to suggest it lasted several days. Not only that, but it is unknown what program aired in the 12:30-1:00 P.M. ET time slot and what show was going to air in the 1:00-1:30 P.M. ET time slot, making any accurate form of a mockup near impossible. No footage of Food Network through most of September 2001 even exists, making an exact end date of the suspension impossible to determine. This makes this month in Food Network's history mysterious, making the program suspensions even more mysterious.


A channel surfing video with a snippet of the HGTV suspension at 8:49.