Definition of news flash in US English:

news flash


  • A single item of important news that is broadcast separately and often interrupts other programs.

    • ‘When the newsflash came she thought the end was nigh.’
    • ‘In early December last year, a shock Radio 4 newsflash announced that the chemicals giant Dow was finally accepting full responsibility for the Union Carbide disaster that devastated Bhopal in 1984.’
    • ‘The frontpage of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has a newsflash indicating that Harrah's has bought Binions.’
    • ‘When the space shuttle Challenger exploded on take-off in 1986, it was decided to break the story in Newsround instead of in a BBC newsflash.’
    • ‘She released 1,000 balloons to mark the launch of Child Rescue Alert, which uses newsflashes on TV and radio to appeal for help in quickly tracing kidnapped children.’
    • ‘Under America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response, the moment a child is reported missing TV and radio programmes are interrupted with a newsflash and messages are beamed onto motorways signs to alert the public.’
    • ‘But the extra price jump yesterday followed a newsflash that a Louisiana pipeline hub was in better shape than expected.’
    • ‘It is easy to judge something that you know little about, we all do it, you read a story in the paper or watch a newsflash and you find yourself forming an opinion based on the limited amount of information you are fed.’
    • ‘Child Rescue Alert, which interrupts television and radio programmes with newsflashes that a child has been snatched and is at risk of serious harm, will go live early in the new year.’
    • ‘Later, I was devastated when a newsflash announced the plane had crashed, killing all on board.’
    • ‘I remember waking on the Sunday morning back in 1997 when the newsflash came on the radio that Princess Diana had been killed in a car crash in Paris (the date will always stay with me because I lost a close friend the same morning).’
    • ‘When a newsflash comes out of Israel telling the world there has been a bomb blast in which three innocent bystanders have been killed it is immediately assumed to be linked to the bitter conflict with Palestine.’
    • ‘Compared to the struggles of faraway strangers depicted in docos and newsflashes, the lot of a citizen in a 21st Century western democracy is mostly a Godsend.’
    • ‘The Queen Mother died at 3.15 pm last Saturday which allowed the news to be broken by television newsflashes before 6pm that evening.’
    • ‘We had seen newsflashes on the television before we drove up so we knew it was serious.’
    • ‘Let's just say the local news station had a newsflash devoted solely to the story of your engagement last night.’
    • ‘‘We interrupt this programme for an important newsflash,’ said the news guy.’
    • ‘Currently, I have a post-Christmas overdraft, but, as of five minutes ago, this BBC newsflash has put it in perspective.’
    • ‘Eager for relief from the rolling newsflashes on TV, thousands flocked to the cinemas but distribution was paralysed by industrial action and only two new films opened in Paris during the period of unrest.’
    • ‘We hear the statistics or the newsflash of a shooting or a bombing, but we don't think about the people who are left behind, particularly the children.’
    report, announcement, story, account
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