The title of the episode is a play on the name of James L. Brooks' 1987 film, Broadcast News. Brooks is also a co-developer and producer of The Simpsons.
The Squeaky-Voiced Teen jumps off Geezer Rock, depressed due to the cancellation of Futurama, a show that was created by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, though Futurama would later be syndicated and brought back with new episodes on Comedy Central.
When the astronaut is shown reading the Red Dress Press during a space walk, the shot is reversed, with Florida and Cuba shown on the west coast of North America.
Mr. Burns is shown to be physically weaker than an ant in this episode.
When Kearney discovers that Mr. Burns is alive and wonders whose skull he's using as a cup, he sounds like Ralph Wiggum. Kearney's voice normally sounds like Nelson Muntz in the earlier episodes (from seasons three to around eight).
The UK syndicated version censors Groundskeeper Willie's comment about the new tractors being "shite." In America, the same line is edited, only "shite" is bleeped out (as opposed to the UK version where the line is just cut down to "I finished reviewing the new tractors.") The full line is: "I finished reviewing the new tractors - they're all shite!"
The promo image for the episode parodies the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead", a headline from a 1975 edition of the New York Daily News covering President Gerald Ford's refusal to bail out a near-bankrupt New York City
It was the last ever The Simpsons episode to be broadcasted by the BBC, because two years before they lost the broadcasting rights to Channel 4.