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  1. 17 points
    It's been a rough road getting here, but we're excited to reveal the new site. Let's get to it! Outside of visual changes, there aren't a whole lot of functional changes. Notable changes include: Mobile support is improved, especially when composing a message. Emoticons are OUT and the full suite of emojis are IN. BBCode has been removed completely in favor of a more robust WYSIWYG editor. The logo has been refreshed. Coming soon: We will be restoring the ability to register and sign in with popular web services like Google, Twitter, and Facebook. And there is much more to come in the days and weeks ahead! Stay tuned for more updates. Regrettably, the old Shoutbox was not able to be carried over to the new site. We are looking into our options when it comes to real-time discussion, including integration with services like Discord, which many of you already use. This will also be addressed within the coming days. Please reach out if you encounter any issues, either by PM or by emailing support@tvnewstalk.net.
  2. 16 points
  3. 11 points
    Well, I found what the main non-newscast logo will look like. And here's more of the upcoming graphics in action.
  4. 11 points
    Dude. We get it. You don't like Tegna, or Scripps, or basically any other company. Drop. It. These companies weren't "better" back in the 80's and 90's. The whole industry was different in the 80's and 90's. It was the golden age of local TV news. Nobody had to compete against a rectangle in your pocket that gives you live news instantly from 300,000 sources. The golden age for local TV has come and gone. We're in a different world. The industry is struggling. These companies are doing what they can to keep afloat and profitable. Nobody is going to "go back" to producing local news the way it was in the 80's and 90's, and even if they did, it's not going to suddenly make their ratings spike back to the levels they saw back then. That was then, this is now, and the times are a changin'.
  5. 11 points
    I don't see what the big deal is. I'm 99% sure this is supposed to be a modern take on their old slanted 11 logo. If they used this exact logo 40 years ago, I have a hunch that every one of you in here complaining would be commenting about how amazing and wonderful it is that Tegna was reviving a "classic" and how the logo they moved off of was the worst logo that ever existed in the history of TV station logos and should have never existed to begin with. It's an 11. It looks way better as a social media icon/app icon/etc than the old one did (which is probably the catalyst for the change.) It looks way better than any typeface would look.
  6. 11 points
    Maybe Amazon can fund a new set for WNYW and KDFW. /sarcasm
  7. 10 points
    Wow. Like some sort of strange testament to Oz, it really says a lot that -- even in its tenth season -- it still gets passed around between stations like a joint at Coachella.
  8. 10 points
    Nothing has driven me crazy this decade like trying to identify that voice. You know, the one who did 20+ years of KFVS opens, a similar body of work for KWWL, and other stations from Idaho to Iowa to North Carolina to...lots more Iowa. "Really, given the volume of work he's done, it's amazing nothing has ever turned up on him, even so much as a name." –ChesapeakeTV "This was the VO for WQAD for many years up to 1997. Does anyone know the name of him?" –now-inactive @FirstNews8 in 2009 "The nameless voiceover" –the title of an email I sent the NMSA in 2010 I tried looking and decided my last chance to figure this long-running mystery out was to email KFVS. Years of searching ended in 23 minutes and vindicated my decision. This guy would never have turned up in any searches. So I feel extra special being able to give this man the credit he so deserved. Jeff Ellingson (1948-2008) lived in Cedar Rapids and did work for three AFLAC stations at the same time (KWWL, KFVS and WAFF). This is what KFVS Marketing Director Paul Keener had to say about Jeff in the email I got back from the station: Ellingson's body of work, of course, was larger than just KWWL and KFVS. He should be credited with 68 different NMSA samples for 16 different stations when all is said and done. (Contemporaneously, he did a third AFLAC station, WAFF, and a fourth ex-AFLAC station after the insurer exited the television business, WITN.) Even though Ellingson died February 5, 2008 at the age of 59, his voice lingered around for a time longer at some of his final client stations. At KIMT, which had just had a new open series done not long before Ellingson passed, it took at least into 2009 for a new voiceover to be brought in for the opens. WABG Greenwood, MS, was using his voice on the air as late as 2010. I'm glad that, after all these years, we are able to finally put a name to the voice and give Ellingson the credit he so richly deserved for his voiceover career.
  9. 10 points
    I'm now more dumber for having read this. You clearly don't know the woman JacobC, so put your pitch fork and torch away, sit down and shut up. Show some respect and be glad she found another job. Also, you show clear inability to splice together a coherent thought. Work on it.
  10. 10 points
    Try using Wikipedia as a source on a school/research paper, and tell us how that goes. Good luck.
  11. 10 points
  12. 10 points
    Everyone, I'm going to be on WFAA News 8 tomorrow night at 10pm. I've was interviewed by Kevin Reece all afternoon today about my autism, my love to local TV news, etc. So, if you're in the DFW area, please be sure to tune in tomorrow on The Update at 10pm.
  13. 10 points
    This took me 10 minutes....it could clearly be refined just a bit. They really could just replicate the KARE "11" across the group and the world would be a better place. There's a reason that still looks good after 25+ years.
  14. 10 points
    You'll have to forgive Eat News. He and Regis have a bit of a history with each other. Every since the vicious taunting, Eat News sees Regis everywhere and this causes him to boldly address TVNT posters' wild misconceptions regarding ratings versus billings.
  15. 10 points
    It now appears that Graycom has found new homes for all the stations that needed to be divested, https://seekingalpha.com/news/3384335-gray-sets-divestitures-eight-markets-raycom-deal Here's the List: Lockwood (4): WTNZ, WFXG, WPGX, WDFX, all of which are FOX stations and would result in a duopoly in Knoxville. Scripps (2): KXXV/KRHD, WTXL Tegna (2): WTOL, KWES Marquee (1): WSWG, the only Gray station that'll be divested. As for Lockwood, just when we believe that they're about to cash out they turn around and add to their portfolio and will gain a duopoly in Knoxville with independent WKNX. A message to Sinclair, see how simple a divestiture can be when you sell to existing companies and not your BFF or car dealer.
  16. 10 points
    A preview of the new set. Looks like they're keeping with the stone accents featured in the temporary/UpFront set.
  17. 10 points
    What the graphics package looks like is of ZERO concern when it comes to the sale of a multi-million dollar corporation that employs thousands of people.
  18. 10 points
    Or do the way WEWS does it. Drop a very popular-ish branding, replace it with some basic branding. While they're at it, use a basic logo. ABC Action News to News 28. Never do a WEWS.
  19. 10 points
    You can cheat the system by using a gimbal system (like a Ronin) and having the camera operator strapped into the helicopter, shooting out the removed door. I believe I heard WISN and WTMJ have done similar to capture HD aerials because their choppers are similar to WJZ's in that everything seems to be analog up to the transmitter. You probably have to have a mechanic remove the door, but they're designed to be removed anyways.
  20. 10 points
    Is this the right time to do this? Thoughts and Prayers David Smith
  21. 10 points
    You're not the only one who feels that way. The level of toxicity in our politics today is at a level that has not been seen in a very long time. Fox News, for its part, has been fanning the flames on this even before Trump came into power. It has now become the new normal.
  22. 10 points
    The second is unrelated though, if we're being PC.
  23. 10 points
    Will we still have to endure ceaseless promotion of Alabama’s prestigious Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail after the deal is done?
  24. 10 points
    WBBM, for instance. I don't know anyone who regularly watches CBS 2 in Chicago, but for a long time in the late 90s/early 00s you could hardly receive the station depending on what part of the city you were in. Their signal was absolutely terrible for years, and I hear that there are still problems even on digital. It wouldn't surprise me if this played a part in their lower viewership.
  25. 10 points
    Yes. One Assistant News Director per station. Every place I’ve ever worked has imposed the helicopter ban at one time or another. The memos and edicts sound frightening and final, but there is usually some unwritten leeway. Generally, in the evening, the night EP is expected to call the ND or AND for chopper permission. But if there are repeated no answers or calls aren’t returned, the night EP usually has the discretion to launch the chopper, provided they can defend it the next day. The chopper rule is not intended to strangle breaking news coverage. It is intended to cut down on unnecessary discretionary use, and to stop its use as a coverage crutch. It’s meant to cut back on using the helicopter to show mall parking lots on heavy shopping days, an everyday fire in a one family house, the proposed location of a freeway off ramp, etc.. But no (sane) manager expects the desk to hesitate launching the helicopter if a full school bus overturns on a highway, a fireworks factory explodes, or an airplane ditches in the river. A car chase? It probably depends on where and why. A chase that starts after car runs a red light and doesn’t stop? Probably not. A chase that involves a suspect in a triple murder at a big box store? Yeah, that gets the chopper. Helicopter rules are meant to cut down on using aerials for wallpaper video. Remember that most helicopter lease agreements call for a station to pay for a minimum number of hours every month or quarter, whether they use them or not. The helicopter will always be sent on big breaking stories. But it was never meant for a 20 second VO before weather. And yes, like most radical edicts, the rules generally start to ease after a week or two. The idea is to stop making helicopter use an automatic knee-jerk reaction.
  26. 10 points
    So, I want to like this on them, I really do. I think they do have a few kinks to iron out (same as KENS). But my biggest gripe - why push WUPL if you’re not gonna simulcast on most of the newscasts?
  27. 10 points
    Well I'll be damn! WJZ has finally moved into the 21st century just to be petty. I think after the set debut we all should go on twitter and tweet at K.C. and tell him it took 20 years for this. Who would of thunk it? :smash:. Also will the newsroom also get a much needed makeover for good ole WJZ 13? I hope the folks at WBFF & WMAR send flowers to WJZ, and the folks at WBAL could go right next door and bring cake & ice cream saying " From your #1 news friends right next door congrats, on being #2 Cheers!"
  28. 10 points
    Sorry, Mr. Armstrong Williams, but your claim of buying it is purely fake news now!
  29. 10 points
    That's great. But the next time you post in this thread only to tell people how much you don't want KFOR to go to Sinclair, will be the last time you post in this thread. We get it. You've mentioned it like three times in the last day.
  30. 10 points
    2 NewsTeam was never used outside of the promos as this was a transitional look for WMC-TV that lasted for a short time before Bert Ellis WSB-ified the station months later.
  31. 10 points
  32. 10 points
    Having launched many graphics packages in the past, I would just like to throw into the conversation that it's not like there is some rule that we have to launch on the start of sweeps or a holiday - honestly, it just comes down to whenever it is convenient for everyone involved. Usually during a graphics launch, you want the art director and production manager present to make sure everything goes smoothly and I doubt they want to show up on New Year's Eve/Day to launch a graphics package.
  33. 10 points
    Criticizing his colleagues' responses is silly. They said nothing against the victim. Very few issues in life are simple black and white. You don't tell people how to cope.
  34. 10 points
    But what Tribune bias? I've never considered Tribune to have any sort of bias. There's a Tribune station in my home market (KC) and I've never seen any type of bias from them. I'd like examples. And even if Tribune does have a bias. Sinclair isn't going to "destroy" it. They'll replace it. A "liberal" bias going away with a bias that fits more to ones political ideologies in its place isn't destroying the "liberal" bias, it's replacing it with a conservative one and creating a confirmation bias that others would consider to be the truth, again, because it fits with their ideologies, no matter how right or wrong the information provided might actually be. And if you want to talk bias, honestly and objectively look at Sinclair with Boris. Tribune doesn't mandate their stations to run a conservative opinion piece multiple times a week, nor does Tribune require their stations to prove that they ran their must-runs. Sinclair does. If Sinclair really wanted to fix the image of being an outlet Conservative propaganda in the hands of the Trump administration, they'd hire an ultra-liberal to provide their own commentary, or get Boris and some ultra-liberal to sit down together and yell at each other ala the old Hannity & Colmes. They haven't. They aren't. They won't. They are however, the only station group (at least to my knowledge) that mandates their stations run a one-sided political commentary. Scripps, Hearst, TEGNA, Nexstar, etc, none of them do.
  35. 10 points
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  37. 10 points
    This is the best post on the site in recent memory.
  38. 10 points
    Could we stop? Throwing darts at the wall of 95% unlikely outcomes is so silly, especially when there's no particular reasoning involved. Otherwise, pretty sure this is only going to devolve into another speculation thread. Sorry.
  39. 9 points
    I think calling NYC a lazy market is unfair. Anybody who has worked in that market knows the lazy do not survive, whether as an individual or a station. What IS true, is that the business and competition have changed. First, prime-access syndication brings in a lot of dollars. Even the non-King World shows bring in heavy revenue. New York is a news hungry market. Counting Westchester, New Jersey and Long Island, there are six daily newspapers, two all news radio stations and two 24-hour cable news operations. Those cable news channels are enormously popular. Just because you don’t see them on the Nielsen breakdowns doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Just try to find a New Yorker who doesn’t watch them, even if only occasionally. Then add the classic English language broadcast stations and the two Hispanic stations, which all have respectable audiences. And then there are the websites and apps. News hungry New Yorkers are already finding their news in those places throughout the day. And don’t forget: most stations are starting morning news at 4:30AM. Some have expanded midday news to an hour and are starting evening shows at 4:00PM. You didn’t see that 20 or 30 years ago. By 7:00, viewers are ready to move on. And, if they do want more, NY1 and News12 are there. That’s not a lazy news market. Name one other market in the country that produces that much product each day. But, perhaps more importantly, every station has down-sized significantly since the days of news after 6:00. Back then, stations had news staffs as much as 40% bigger than they are today. Many more people to produce less total product than you will find now. Today, stations barely have enough people to do what they’re doing. There are probably hundreds of posts in this website alone about being stretched so thin and doing more with less. Could stations hire more people to do more evening newscasts? Well, they could, but stations haven’t been in the staff-expansion mode anywhere, in years. And, as history has shown, prime-access newscasts against Wheel & Jeopardy tend not to be very successful or profitable. Those are just cold, hard business office realities. Stations aren’t printing profit dollars in the basement like they used to. Comparing news programming in 2018 to news programming in 1988 and thinking all things are equal, is off base.
  40. 9 points
    Last week I found myself watching CNN’s coverage of the Reagan assassination, the space shuttle Challenger disaster and Desert Storm coverage on YouTube. It was what real journalism was... and should be today. Just straight reporting. FOX, MSNBC and CNN today are not news operations anymore. They are opinion channels. It’s a shame. Good reporting about world events is much more riveting to watch than a Brady Bunch split screen with six talking heads blabbering on and on about what the weird haired man posted on twitter today. Hopefully these “news” nets find their way back to reporting the news again... but I’m not gonna hold my breath for that.
  41. 9 points
    KOTV (kotv.com) Oct. 24, 1997 KTUL (ktul.com) Nov. 28, 1999 (The first Wayback link to still have mostly working images) KJRH (kjrh.com) Nov. 8, 1996 KOKI (fox23.com) Nov. 4, 1996
  42. 9 points
    Here's something so rare it needs no explanation:
  43. 9 points
    25+ minutes of coverage of the 1978 World Series from New York TV stations WCBS, WNBC, WNEW, WABC, and WPIX. Includes cameos from pretty much every New York TV sports anchor of the time. Plus John Tesh, Larry Kane and Chuck Scarborough.
  44. 9 points
    With Chris Sloan's clips, they're NEVER what they say they are on the box. (Not that that's a bad thing!) It's a KFOR morning newscast complete with open, two bumps, AND A VERSION OF THEIR IMAGE PROMO!
  45. 9 points
  46. 9 points
    Time to start signing off at 10pm and running the American flag then test pattern until 6am
  47. 9 points
    There has only been one TV helicopter in San Diego since around January 2013. I was the reporter for Sky 10 until then. A few months later, I went over to Chopper 8, which is the only remaining helicopter. Several of the stations still refer to the copter as their own. The deal was managed by KFMB, that's why they are the only one to get the voice of the reporter on-board. Phil Konstantin
  48. 9 points
    Because Andy Lack lacks any type of mental fortitude. It's been leaked since the weekend that the allegations were coming out this week.
  49. 9 points
    I'm sure Dana feels remorse about how she treated Michele back in the day. I do remember when Dana celebrated I think 20 or 25 years at the station she thanked Michele, Carol and Jim Jensen which was a classy move. I grew up watching a lot of news back in the day. I like Dana and I know she's been there 27 years now vs Michele's 17 years but to me Michele will always be the biggest female anchor on channel 2. I always hoped she would come back or resurface somewhere because she was one of the all-time greats. When I think of channel 4, I think of Sue Simmons. When I think of channel 7, I think of Roz Abrams. And when I think of channel 2, I still think of Michele Marsh even though she's been gone 21 years. To me, Michele was the equivalent of Sue and Roz in terms of name value and legendary status. She worked with every male anchor and worked well with each one, whether it was Rolland Smith, Jim Jensen, Mike Schneider, Tony Guida, Ernie Anastos, etc. I've never heard a bad word spoken about her and often wondered if everyone still kept in touch through the years. Either way, she will be greatly missed and will forever be a legend in this business.
  50. 9 points
    Despite my attempt to stay out of this thread, I'd just like to remind readers of one thing. In 1995 when they affiliated with WHDH, NBC was owned by General Electric. The WBTS move was a Comcast decision. Different owners. Different companies. Different management. Different long term philosophies. You can't really make a solid then vs now comparison when the players have changed. Just my observation.
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