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  1. Important correction: Fox Nation is not news.
    13 points
  2. I'm going to try and ignore the fact that you linked the video, then still posted MORE THAN 60 SCREENSHOTS UP TO 3 TIMES EACH. Never do that again. It's terribly redundant, and a nightmare for users on a mobile device. Carry on.
    9 points
  3. From the press release: “WISN 12 News at 4:00 p.m." has a distinct focus on breaking news and the very latest on stories and events happening in neighborhoods across Milwaukee and all of Southeastern Wisconsin.” So… what the hell are they doing in their other shows then?
    8 points
  4. What does this even mean? I don’t see why she would be responsible and isn’t her desire to work on longer format programming? It’s not uncommon for the legislative branch to switch rule after the presidential election so I doubt she’s running from November.
    7 points
  5. I commend them for trying to expand into the streaming world, but trying to charge people for what are essentially video podcasts was the wrong approach. They should've made the shows free with ads and maybe a paid ad-free option. Cord-cutters don't like extra paid subscriptions, so you have to meet them where they're at. For example, for people who like in-depth interviews, there are many podcasters and YouTubers who are good at them, and many of them are free to watch. Or for those who just want a fast-paced headlines show, CNN already produces five episodes a day of their "5 things" audio podcast for free, so why would someone pay for a video version? By putting everything behind a paywall, they hampered their own chances at success. Or, they just could've emulated the successful streaming news channels that CBS, ABC, and NBC have (which are all essentially based on CNN2/HLN's original format). I think it's very embarrassing that after spending hundreds of millions and framing it as an integral part of CNN's future, it only lasted a month. However, I also feel bad for the employees who worked hard to launch it. To cut their losses, I hope a number of the shows will move to the cable channel or HBO Max/Discovery+. I doubt they'll show up on HLN though. I think they would rather rename it "Investigation Discovery 2" before trying to build out their news offerings again.
    7 points
  6. Let's be sure to not go tooooo deep into speculation territory.
    7 points
  7. I firmly believe the de-emphasis of the call signs and channel numbers is 100% intentional, and the "white box" on some of the websites is a temporary thing to tie a few of the stations with "legacy brands" to the new brands. Why? Because it doesn't matter if you're "CBS 2 WXXX" on the internet, which is where the audience these groups are going after is. People say "won't this confuse viewers?" while the same viewers are the ones who can't understand that KDKA-TV and KDKA 1020 are owned by two different companies. The viewers who might be "confused" are not the viewers the stations want. I predict that, sometime in the near future, these "legacy call sign" stations will simply brand themselves on-air like "CBS News Pittsburgh on KDKA 2" for a while before dropping the calls/channel number entirely.
    6 points
  8. The best (and likely) option is for WBD/Paramount to keep a very small stake in the The CW with a majority owner (running the day to day, etc..) with the option to buy out WBD/Paramount in 5 years. I don’t think there’s going to be a bunch of upheaval (changing affiliations, buying/selling stations, etc..) unless Nexstar is required to do so. The easiest thing is to keep as much as you can the same while trying to fully monetize what you can.
    6 points
  9. If it lasts longer than 30 days, we can call it a huge success, right?
    6 points
  10. You can pay to license it.
    6 points
  11. Its official: Sonia Rincón to join WABC full time as a general assignment reporter after working 15 years at 1010 Wins Radio.
    6 points
  12. You know that CNN is screwed up when this an actual quote from one of their OWN articles, coming from the new CEO himself... Licht bluntly told employees it was a “uniquely shitty situation.”
    6 points
  13. That train had left the station a few comments ago.
    6 points
  14. Where is all this speculation that NBC is going to ditch WHIZ coming from? Nothing is going to happen because Marquee is buying this station. In fact, Marquee has some leverage with NBC because they at least own another affiliate in Bowling Green. OTOH, the Litticks had no leverage with the network given that WHIZ was their only property. If NBC wanted to leave this station, they already would have. In fact, I could see the quality of this station's product improving. They'll invest in getting everything up to date and then forget about it (see: WMDT – now with the same graphics and virtual set for 8 years, but at least it took Marquee for them to go HD). You know, Because Local Matters™. Get used to hearing that a lot on WHIZ. Also, I could foresee them adding other networks to their subchannels (like they have in Bowling Green with CBS). Who cares if the Columbus stations lose their Zanesville audience? It is a distinct DMA and Marquee is well within their right to pursue additional affiliations. ABC, CBS, Fox only care if their reverse comp checks clear. In other words, nothing is going to happen. This whole "WHIZ is going to go independent or be moved into Columbus" needs to stop.
    6 points
  15. Is Twitter so indispensable that businesses won't just go elsewhere? You'd think Elon would have learned from the boom-and-bust cycles of dot-com businesses...
    5 points
  16. The less Chuck Todd the better, I always say!
    5 points
  17. Looks like WYFF debuted its own Hearst "set-in-a-box" yesterday.
    5 points
  18. Note this is the cable provider Cox Communications, not Cox Media Group (which Cox Enterprises has only a 29% interest in compared to Apollo's 71%), so you won't see scripted court shows on a subchannel eating up WSB, WFXT or KIRO bandwidth anytime soon.
    5 points
  19. Vanessa is a class act and the most caring person I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with when I interned at WFTV. She was always there to help you and teach you new things, she was there to brighten your day if you had a not so good day. I know she will be missed by many in the Orlando market. Enjoy your retirement Vanessa you deserve it!!!
    5 points
  20. I’m a bit miffed at the idea of yet another streaming service to sign up for and missing my local announcers (full disclosure, I’m a Mets fan,) but Jason Benetti is a class act and the inclusion of some regional analysts is welcome. When it comes to the booth, NBC is already off to a better start than Apple TV IMHO.
    5 points
  21. It looks like Chris Wallace's interview show may move to the linear CNN feed. It's not known if it will still be daily or a weekly show. It'd be great having an interview show on CNN again since Larry King was popular for years on the network. This is according to Bloomberg. They also report that the move CNN+ programming to the linear channel or the network's website. They would've been off moving this to a FAST channel like most other news channels have been doing for streaming.
    5 points
  22. Gotta build a resume reel somehow, and here's a low pressure way to do it. Good on her.
    5 points
  23. The goal here is to remake CBS News as a collective of the O&Os, so unified branding on all platforms is a necessity.
    4 points
  24. Considering Nexstar's "success" with NewsNation, does anyone think if Nexstar does buy the CW, they could have any success? Call me skeptical. Regarding Nexstar buying CW stations, there is no increase in ownership caps. They are already close to being maxed out. Unless they sell a bunch of stations, how could this happen? At some point over use of sidecar sham ownership like Mission all be scrutinized, as it is long overdue.
    4 points
  25. The CW essentially functions as a hybrid linear network/AVOD service. Putting a paywall on their content would be a mistake.
    4 points
  26. NEW: CNN is launching a block called ‘CNN Sunday’ this fall that will include longform shows, including Chris Wallace’s former CNN+ show. Licht also says their morning show will be “reimagined” this fall.
    4 points
  27. CBS is not giving up KDKA. Ever. Under any circumstances. I can never see that happening. That is one of their crown jewel stations and they value it. They aren't going to sell it. Now WPCW on the other hand? That is possibly a different story. If duops aren't CBS' thing and should they want to unload the CW O&Os (which would be a very tricky process), then it's not out of the realm of possibility that they sell WPCW to Nexstar. I don't think or know if it's all that likely, but the possibilty is there. And to your point, @Kenneth Kissel, Nexstar does own a bunch of stations surrounding the Pittsburgh market, so them having a presence here would only make sense.
    4 points
  28. I see CBS shedding all of their CW owned stations in the process of this sale.
    4 points
  29. Really? Just Tribunal? We're running out of court show names.
    4 points
  30. Replying with my best news anchor impression: Speaking in participles, right or wrong, the broadcast news equivalent of verbal shorthand. Televised news programs, competing with other news sources—social media, on-demand, news sites, etc.—for viewers eyes and time. Every second matters, needing to be efficient when telling stories, packing in as much useful and relevant information as possible.
    4 points
  31. I can't wait for their 5 part series on Mike Lindell, his pillow empire, and how it all came crashing down because of a stolen election! It's an easy grab since the "fair and balanced" networks wont touch him after all the lawsuits have been settled! But, if Nexstar really wanted to prove themselves as a credible news organization, get the voting machine companies on board, and do a behind-the-scenes on how votes are counted... All politics aside, this reeks of desperation and stooping to doing anything to raise a buck.
    4 points
  32. The WABC President/GM position is posted on the WABC and Disney career websites. While Mr. Aslam continues on medical leave, the news department is being run by two Assistant News Directors who are long time station veterans, along with the input and counsel, when necessary, of Mr. Matthews.
    4 points
  33. I appreciate the positive comment on our graphics we designed! You should be seeing this hit air very soon.
    4 points
  34. Congrats to Chris! She has earned this. Honestly, what can’t this Woman do? Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings, overnights, special reports, breaking news, politics, sports, protest coverage, filling in on holidays, campaign trail, press briefings and more. She carry’s that network and she knows it. Chris deserves this more than anyone IMO, and don’t forget, she does all that while being 65 years old! --- Chris Jansing Reports premiers on Thursday, May 26th.
    4 points
  35. ABC 7 now has its Long Island bureau at Hofstra University. Years ago, CBS 2 has its Long Island bureau here. It was originally a private office in the communications building, but the bureau chief was later moved into the school's radio station office/newsroom. No flash cam position or anything like that. As a student and member of WRHU, I would often see the bureau chief working and making phone calls while the students were having fun being kids. Years after CBS 2 moved out, Hofstra kept the CBS 2 Long Island Bureau signage up to impress tour groups going through. https://abc7ny.com/wabc-long-island-bureau-hofstra-hempstead/11817787/
    4 points
  36. Agreed. Uniformity with a distinct touch of individualism is cool. As I've previously expressed I think CBS' problem is that they try to duplicate a generic format without a locally authentic touch in a lot of their o&o cities. Yes ABC for example has duplicated the ABC 7-Eyewitnes News branding across multiple cities, which is fine, but there's a distinct feel between the New York and Los Angeles stations. I remember when KPIX had to do the news for WCBS, it was almost indistinguishable that the news was being broadcast from another studio/station on the other side of the country.
    4 points
  37. Yeah, because WBBM is known for its stability…
    4 points
  38. Normally, I’d argue that de-emphasizing a heritage brand is a terrible move, but given the collateral damage caused by the Wendy Bell hiring, it actually makes sense in this case. KDKA 1020 is a talk radio outlet that no longer has anything to do with the TV station, and the call letters arguably have a stronger connection to radio than TV (a similar comparison can be made to WABC-TV, which only references their call letters in station IDs and legal disclaimers.) That said, I’m not sure why CBS wants to de-emphasize local brands on all of their stations, given that there tends to be more trust in local news than national news (and CBS News isn’t exactly dominating the ratings in mornings and evenings.)
    4 points
  39. Hate to break it to everyone but "KDKA-TV 2" is already being deemphaized in favor of "CBS News Pittsburgh" and "CBS Pittsburgh". KDKA means radio, and Audacy has a rather sweet licensing deal with Paramount Global to continue using the call letters as a brand. Let them continue to use that name and lessen the confusion, like when people were complaining at KDKA-TV because of Wendy Bell flaming out at KDKA radio.
    4 points
  40. Sure there is: It's a PBS show.
    4 points
  41. In all honesty, CNN+ should've launched as a hub on HBO Max, instead of launching a service that was only going to serve a small niche. Chris Wallace will likely become a regular on the linear CNN, maybe host the 9 P.M. hard newcast that might launch. Kasie Hunt might host an hour of CNN Newsroom, and Rex Chapman will probably go back to posting viral videos on Twitter and launch his ill-fated show on a different platform. I bet Anthony Bourdain and all the library programming move back over to HBO Max.
    4 points
  42. All I see is crazy speculation...there's no reason why it will just fold into a larger market. It has survived as a single market for nearly 70 years.
    4 points
  43. It was a blanket statement to anybody and everybody. Not directed at anyone in particular.
    4 points
  44. Zanesville is 55 or 60 miles from Columbus. It's not exactly unprecedented for two network affiliates to coexist in a 60 mile area. Pittsburgh and Steubenville are much closer as were Akron and Cleveland. Dayton and Cincinnati are about the same mileage. If anything, they should do a Lima and add the other networks on LPTV/subchannels. Edit: WHIZ is viewable at the Franklin Licking County line kind of in the Pataskala area. WHIZ is also viewable in the Mount Vernon area, at least with an outdoor antenna. If you look at Marquee's list of stations on Wikipedia, they all have short towers and crap signals, so don't expect an upgrade for WHIZ. I think one of the towers is of a decent height but none of their stations have a lot of ERP.
    4 points
  45. I wish CNN would go back it’s Roots in Atlanta and back to the hard news format that made it a household name. When CNN moved majority of its shows to NY that was the beginning of the decline. It’s probably wishful thinking, But I would love to hear Live from “The CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta”
    4 points
  46. Goodness, there are college operations that have a better presentation.
    3 points
  47. I remember when she was the host of A Current Affair.
    3 points
  48. Let me know when USA and Syfy come over the air.
    3 points
  49. It has a lot to do with this, I am more than willing to bet. I don't think it is any secret that Discovery executives didn't want WarnerMedia to launch this before the merger went through. Yet, they did it anyways... weeks before the merger. I would argue its more of a FU than anything. Most of the evergreen content will likely make an appearance on whatever the combo of HBOMax and Discovery+ becomes.
    3 points
  50. For purposes of historical accuracy, I think it's important to state in this thread the reasons why WCMH-TV and WHIZ-TV co-exist as overlapping NBC affiliates, and why Zanesville maintains its own DMA. WCMH went on the air in 1949 as WLWC, the second link in Crosley/Avco's regional network of stations. After the FCC reorganized the VHF allotments in 1952, WLWC was moved from channel 3 to 4. With the potential of huge overlap between WLWC, WLWT and WLWD (WDTN), the FCC told Crosley that the three stations had to transmit from short towers. WHIZ-TV signed-on from Zanesville in 1953, and filled a gap in NBC coverage, partially due to WLWC's signal shortfalls on the eastern edge of the Columbus market. Fast-forward to 1976, when Avco breaks up its tv holdings and sells WLWC to Outlet. No more grandfathered protection with Cincinnati and Dayton. Soon after Outlet took over, WCMH-TV more than doubled the height on its original tower, which was located at the studio building on Olentangy River Road. Then in the early 1980s, the station moves a few miles south to the taller candelabra tower built behind the WBNS-TV plant on Twin Rivers Drive. Channel 4 now covers the entire Columbus market and is viewable clearly in Zanesville. WHIZ-TV, meanwhile, barely makes it to the border of Franklin and Licking counties -- which was probably intentional. If they went to the max with both ERP and tower height after their own move from channel 50 to channel 18 in 1955, WHIZ would have gotten into Columbus pretty easily. Instead, their smaller signal protected WLWC and kept their focus on Zanesville and Muskingum County. So the way I see it, the primary purpose of WHIZ's continued relationship with NBC is now redundant. It would make logistical sense to fold Zanesville into the Columbus market at this point, but I can also understand the arguments against doing so.
    3 points
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