The United States is not the only television market with this category of broadcasting - Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and France, to name a few, all have tabloid programming that reflects this same down-market, sensationalist style of journalism and entertainment.
Some stations, like CBS owned and operated KYW-TV, air primarily weather and crime stories. Other stations, such as the CBS network flagship station WCBS-TV, put their own special programming ahead of hard news, as, for example, when exclusive "Shame on You" and "Eat At Your Own Risk" segments are selected over major stories to top the newscast. One egregious example of this trend occurred on May 24, 2005, the day the United States House of Representatives took a major vote regarding the funding of stem cell research. WCBS led its 11 p.m. newscast with a story and exclusive video of actor Burt Reynolds slapping a CBS producer. Rivals WNBC and WABC led with the stem cell funding vote.
WSVN in Miami, Florida was one of the first stations to popularize tabloid television in the local news arena. Today, the format is prevalent among FOX affiliates such as WNYW-TV and WTTG-TV. FOX's parent company, News Corporation, owns The New York Post, a notorious daily tabloid newspaper.
TVI in Portugal is also a well known example of tabloid television; its newscasts regularly open with frivolous stories and self promotion, and its talk shows account for more than 12 hours a day. TVI only broadcasts two television genres other than information: telenovelas and corny, sexist humour.
A commonly cited example of tabloid television run amok is a series of reports in 2001 collectively dubbed the Summer of the Shark, focusing on a supposed epidemic of shark attacks after one highly-publicized attack on an 8-year-old boy. In reality, there were a below-average number of shark attacks that year.