I remember watching a faux TV news broadcast that was live reporting the WAR OF THE WORLDS story — alien invasion, etc. This would have been in the late '80s, maybe early '90s. I remember that coming back from every commercial break, there was a disclaimer notifying the viewing audience that the news report wasn't real. They kept "losing signal" or "losing contact" with their reporters in the field as things got more and more intense — I believe it ended with color bars or snow or something that made it look like the station feed was lost.
I was little — maybe 7 or 8 at the most — when I caught this, so it would have been '88, '89 maybe. Scared the bejesus out of me… even though there were the disclaimers, it was SUPER realistic and I was completely freaked out. I know there was a TV series around the same time, but I don't think this was part of it, unless it was a special episode or maybe some kind of promotion for it.
Can't find anything on this out there but would love it if you could help me identify it. My boyfriend has followed your site for years, and he suggested I reach out to you — I'm a librarian and I'm kind of embarrassed that my awesome research skills can't dig anything up on this, so I defer to your considerable expertise.