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The End of Action News and Eyewitness News

Discussion in 'General TV' started by rkolsen, May 14, 2018.

  1. johnnya2k6

    johnnya2k6 AM Anchor

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    In Alaska, KTVA used "Eyewitness News" from the '70s to mid-'90s, while KYUR (when they were still KIMO) was "Action News" until the early '80s.

    KTUU, KATN, and KTVF, on the other hand, adopted neither.
     
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  2. CLT-DCA-ORF-PTI

    CLT-DCA-ORF-PTI Reporter

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    WSOC still uses Eyewitness News - Heavily.
     
  3. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    Doesn't WAGA still utilize "Eyewitness News" in occasional promos to keep their long-standing usage in the market active?
     
  4. MidwestTV

    MidwestTV Station Group CEO

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    They've already added the 41 back, so they're halfway there.
     
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  5. mre29

    mre29 AM Anchor

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    Even worse, they've NBC Action News and ABC Action News, respectively, which has probably been very confusing to viewers who might not be able to tell the difference between local newscasts and network news. Hopefully KSHB's change to 41 Action News means a similar change will happen at WFTS.
     
  6. C Block

    C Block TVNT Local 1544 Union Boss

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    I'm not sure whether the actual stacking of the newscast had much to do with Eyewitness/Action News as a brand or format. But much of the reason why weather is still at :15-17 is because of people meter strategies. The people meters average the best five minutes of every 15 minutes of every hour, meaning the meters reset at :15. So if you can push weather to start at :17 and hit the five day at :20, as far as Nielsen is concerned, viewers stayed through to watch the entire newscast (when we all know there's a huge dropoff once you hit the five day and go into sports/fluff/teases/kicker/whatever).
     
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  7. Eat News

    Eat News Station Group CEO

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    Why do I need Eyewitness News when I already have an EyePhone...and I get much more "action" then the news-dude and fair news-maiden gets.

    "Cuz dats how da kids dink."

    And why the hell would KGO want to pay CBS for the privilege of the EWN trademarks when it's all about cutting overhead?

    Put a dollar amount on a yearly license for the EWN name and you just may say....

    "Screw Dat!"

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  8. Eat News

    Eat News Station Group CEO

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    yeah...
    It was all about style and flash.
    Like C block sez it's not the stacking....it was the stories and the presentation.

    That will never be repeated.

    "If it bleeds it leads." has been replaced with...

    "If we are first... then expect us to be wrong."
     
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  9. oknewsguy

    oknewsguy News Director

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    Or better yet, WFTS goes back to being known as "28 Tampa Bay News" back when WFTS just switched to ABC and started a news department
     
  10. H4UL4U

    H4UL4U VP of Media Content

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    I work in the industry and honestly couldn't tell you the difference between the two genres. Both monikers are extremely outdated like many of the managers who think it's a good idea to continue to use them at their stations. To my knowledge the station I work for never at any point used either genre in the title any of their newscasts.
     
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  11. H4UL4U

    H4UL4U VP of Media Content

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    This couldn't be more true...
     
  12. AJClementeFan69

    AJClementeFan69 Forum Contributor

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    Nexstar seems to have, in some sense, revived "Eyewitness News" as a brand of convenience so it can put two stations under one news umbrella (WEHT/WTVW, WTVO/WQRF, WBRE/WYOU, etc.)
     
  13. ns8401

    ns8401 Station Group CEO

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    I should have worded that better... I was using it to explain how everything is the same these days... the individual presentation distinctions are largely irrelevant today even if some stations like a WABC or a WLS still want you to “be an eyewitness” or whatever play on the brand they can think of...
     
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  14. DetroitTVNews

    DetroitTVNews Weekend Anchor

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    In Detroit, WJBK used "Eyewitness News" from some time in the 60's to 1997 (by then when it was known as "Fox 2 Eyewitness News") when it was sold to Fox and simply became "Fox 2 News", while WXYZ has used "Action News" since the 60's as well (at present it's titled "7 Action News").

    In adjacent markets...

    In Flint/Tri-Cities, WEYI once used "Eyewitness News" and even used a variant titled "WEYIwitness News", presently they're "NBC 25 News". In Toledo, WTOL once used "Eyewitness News" around the early 1970's, they're currently "WTOL 11 News", while WTVG has used "Action News" since at least 1997, originally "13 Action News" until 2006 and since then "13 ABC Action News".
     
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  15. Eat News

    Eat News Station Group CEO

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    Did you say 'FOX 2 Eyewitness News"?????

    Omona,
    That's as bad as mixing Lucky Charms with Lite Beer.

    It's just wrong.
     
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  16. atlnews2

    atlnews2 News Director

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    Yes. Promos will say "If you see news happening call eyewitness news on your phone, the call is free"
     
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  17. WAVY 10 Fan

    WAVY 10 Fan News Director

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    Similarly, Hampton Roads in Virginia has never had an Action News branding for the stations in the area, and only two stations (WAVY, WTKR) used the Eyewitness News branding with mixed results (WAVY had it from 1969-81 but was mostly a non-factor in Tidewater then before dropping it in favor of the Daily News branding used for most of the 1980s. WTKR used the branding from 1992-94, during which it was the area's #1 station, before abandoning it in favor of the ill-fated TV3 News branding that sparked a ratings slide the station didn't recover from until about 10 years ago).
     
  18. johnnya2k6

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    Nope; they ditched it in 1997 (prior to that, it was News Scene).
     
  19. AJClementeFan69

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    This was a pretty common transitional branding at the New World Fox stations. WAGA, WTVT, and WJBK were "Fox # Eyewitness News" from about 96-97.
     
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    Now, all three are simply Fox (channel number) News-- kind of boring, at least IMO.
     
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