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Discussion in 'General TV' started by TexasTVNews, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. KentBrockman

    KentBrockman I Report, You Decide.

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    I take issue with that last sentence primarily because most people on this forum don't have a in-depth understanding of how day-to-day television operates. It's not as simple as a flip of a switch and you've switched affiliations. There are TONS of paperwork and contracts to fill out and sign first, next will require new logos and graphics packages which take time, then will require extensive training and run throughs to make sure everything is correct and proper. Then, you have to get Master Control to basically swap everything from one set of equipment to another, you have to program new satellite uplink coordinates into existing equipment for the opposite station. Then, you gotta clear out your cart system of anything that identifies you as an opposite affiliate which means promos, IDs, bumpers, old commercials with old logos in them. This process not only takes time but can be excruciating on older hardware, and ALL cart items will have to be replaced. Then, your sales team will have to go out and start re-selling advertising to the clients they already have (because ironically enough some business owners prefer to advertise on one affiliation or another). Never mind if you had an on-air promotion for one business on one station and you basically gotta blow that up and start over.

    It is a MASSIVE undertaking that takes months and even years to smooth out the edges in affiliation switches. The major network affiliation switch marathon that happened between 1994-1996 didn't just happen overnight, it took months and at most a year of planning to get those stations ready. In very rare instances, such as WWJ-TV in Detroit, an owner/network had just weeks to put it altogether which meant working around the clock to make deadline.

    So no disrespect to your viewpoint, but feasibly and financially they'd be wise to just keep things status quo. Unless Quincy wants to throw money, time, and a lot of resources into the switch then I stand corrected.

    Remember the WRAL/WNCN switch? The switch was easiest on WRAL because all they had to do was patch up the behind the scenes stuff for the switch (though it definitely took months) but mostly they were ready because they had not voluntarily branded with CBS anything for a very long time. On the other hand, WNCN had to undergo a complete overhaul on-air and behind-the-scenes. Remember them interviewing behind-the-scenes crews and seeing that look of relief on their faces? That’s because they worked their ASSES off to pull off that switch.
     
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  2. east-tx-tv

    east-tx-tv Health Reporter

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    Some switches *still* have some unsettled dust (Detroit and Atlanta among them). Some affected markets turned out better than others in that regard. You hear stories later on of stations that _could have_ switched and didn't but were approached about it, like KXAS was by CBS during the mid-1990s big switches. Even though there have been national ratings wins over the years by both CBS and NBC, KXAS was better off not to switch. There is something to be said for stability.
     
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  4. T.L. Hughes

    T.L. Hughes News Director

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    I realize I should have clarified that it would probably be the first time that a station had all-female anchor teams for their weekday morning/daytime and evening newscasts. Usually, a two-female anchor team is assigned to only one daypart, like with the Robin Marsh-Lacie Lowry pairing on KWTV's morning newscast and the Sade Baderinwa-Diana Williams pairing on WABC's weekday 5:00 p.m. news hour.
     
  5. Georgie56

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  6. Mrtraveler01

    Mrtraveler01 Managing Editor

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  7. T.L. Hughes

    T.L. Hughes News Director

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    Or, have watched any NBC News Special Report since "The Mission/The Pulse of Events" began being used by the network 33 years ago, depending on how old he is.
     
  8. CLETVFan

    CLETVFan AM Anchor

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    Janessa Webb is leaving WEWS for MSNBC and NBC News as mentioned in this tweet.
     
  9. memnews

    memnews Assignment Editor

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    Joy Redmond has joined WMC as their new morning anchor alongside Andrew Douglas. She left WLBT in June and starts at WMC Monday morning. She replaces Felicia Bolton, who left the station in February. WMC's previous morning anchor, Kym Clark, had been filling in for the interim months.

    With this development, Kym will likely be able to finally return to her new shift of noon and 3:30/4PM (which she only got to anchor for a limited time before having to return to mornings to fill in). On the 3:30 and 4PM shows, she'll be anchoring with Joyce Peterson, who has been holding down those timeslots alongside a daily rotation of either Joe Birch or Kontji Anthony (the station's 5, 6, and 10PM anchors) since March. Joyce herself only joined WMC in February, but is no stranger to Memphis news.

    Also joining WMC as reporters later this month are Kelly Roberts, formerly of WANE, and Allie Herrera, formerly of WJFW. All of this information comes from various tweets I've been able to find.
     
  10. ns8401

    ns8401 Station Group CEO

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    She ran it into the ground and was said to be hard to work under...
     
  11. WAVY 10 Fan

    WAVY 10 Fan News Director

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    WVEC Daybreak anchor Lucy Bustamante leaving on July 20 (her husband having decided to leave the Navy to enroll in a business school in Philadelphia)
     
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  12. Breaking News

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    WXYZ was #1 under her. Bill Carey didn't do anything earth shattering IMO.
     
  13. ns8401

    ns8401 Station Group CEO

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    It slowly disintegrated from 2004 until she was fired in 2010. Bill Carey actually brought it to number 1 before he left and she inherited that.
     
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    DonDonP1 AM Anchor

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    At first I thought "The Pulse of Events" was used for Meet the Press a decade or so before it doubled as a breaking news music theme.
     
  15. CircleSeven

    CircleSeven Midnight Presenter

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    There's been alot of Gray/Raycom news lately. Let me add another......

    The Augusta Chronicle stated yesterday (7/12) that Gray has broken ground on a brand new facility for WRDW & WAGT, which is slated to open in 2020. The facility will replace a studio WRDW has been in for over six decades.
     
  16. Breaking News

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    When did Carey come in to town? 2000 or 2001? I remember the news article that WJBK 10pm was nipping on WXYZ 11pm. The article went on how Neil Goldstein then ND at FOX 2 brought the morale up. I remember around 04/05 XYZ & ABC was riding high. It seem once Grace Gilchrist retired and Marla Drutz was passed over for her job, and she went over to DIV. The change in numbers started and Scripps went bipolar on those in-house shows. Maybe towards her end the numbers came down. Once Oprah left the airwaves that 5pm news crashed. That was a stable #1 then.
     
  17. ns8401

    ns8401 Station Group CEO

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    Carey came in late in 2000 and turned the whole thing into a WABC clone. Oprah had her final show after it fell off a cliff around mid 2008 or so and then Andrea was gone by 2010.
     
  18. KentBrockman

    KentBrockman I Report, You Decide.

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    They've been planning on doing that for over a year now, and had planned on breaking ground sometime in April. They still think the entire building will be completed by next Masters in early April 2019. However, there's an issue because the property is directly adjacent to a Georgia Power substation and has power lines running through it, meaning there's zoning issues. I anticipate that will hold them up for awhile.

    In fact their Chief Photographer posted some pictures from the groundbreaking including a couple renderings to his Twitter account:
     
  19. T.L. Hughes

    T.L. Hughes News Director

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    Two major newscast changes to note in Indianapolis:
    * WRTV has cancelled its weekend morning newscasts; the Saturday editions have been replaced with a repeat of Pickler and Ben at 6:00 a.m., Newsy Special Report at 9:00 a.m. and Women of Power at 9:30 a.m. and the Sunday broadcasts have been replaced with religious programming from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. Good Morning America has been shifted to the 8:00 a.m. timeslot on both days, replacing the first half of the 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday block and the half-hour 8:00 a.m. Sunday block
    * WXIN has cut back Fox 59 NewsPoint at 11:00 to weeknights only, with Fox’s Saturday late-night block being moved up a half-hour, while repeats of The Simpsons will take over that slot on Sundays.
     
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