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  1. 10 points
    Until there's FCC regulations about TV stations hiring outside security guards, the FCC has no jurisdiction here and no reason to get involved. Let's summarize things here: KUSA/Tegna contracted with Pinkerton to provide a security guard. The vast majority of security guards, whether they be at TV stations, your local mall, a defense contractor, a technology company, or wherever, are outsourced from contractors. The bigger names in this field are companies like Securitas (which owns Pinkerton) and Allied Universal. These contracts typically require some sort of background check, but generally only by the service provider (i.e. Pinkerton.) The company getting services, in this case Tegna, relies on the contractor to follow the contract. No company really has any interest in doing a background check on the security guards and janitors their contractors bring in. That's why they're contracting in the first place. In certain situations, the security guards do identify with the particular company to which they are assigned (A security guard contracted to a Google office may wear a Google uniform.) In this specific case, it is highly unlikely the security guard was decked out in KUSA swag (TV stations are already stingy enough with swag for actual employees.) In many states, security guards must be licensed. In this case, it appears the "guard" was somehow allowed to be hired without a license. Again, a Pinkerton problem. It's not uncommon for a contractor to contract out work, especially one-off jobs, such as this one. Pinkerton has a long history of scandals, to the point that they are often antagonists (or at least referenced) in video games set in the past. It's highly unlikely any of this will come back to be blamed on KUSA/Tegna in court. This is 100% on Pinkerton.
  2. 9 points
    I think the reason they’re even sitting there is to adjust lighting. Phew, people this set hasn’t even been seen through a studio camera yet.
  3. 9 points
    Every set is (and should be) different, as it is a result of the set design team and each individual stations production needs, restrictions, studio size, budget, and last but not least, brand support. Unless of course a client chooses to take more cookie cutter, one size fits all approach, which happens. The client plays an important role in the creative direction a set project takes, a set designer doesn't, and shouldn't, dictate the final product. The set design team needs to bring the required creative skills to the table, and then the creative journey begins. Some stations rarely change sets because they believe what they currently have works for them or they're waiting for the set capital to become available. All of that said, our field of work has always been extremely subjective...
  4. 8 points
    There are several people I know their respective deadnames towards, but I would never say them. But that’s out of simple courtesy and respect to them, it’s the bare minimum of effort one can take. (And ngl, I kinda cringe seeing genders in quotation marks, it might not be intentional, but that just feels really off to me. No direct offense towards anyone, please understand!) If this conflicting issue of identifying-vs.-actual legal status hasn’t been addressed yet in the AP Stylebook, it probably should behoove them to consider as such, regardless of the pushback that would undoubtedly follow. It’s folly to assume that such a discussion—no matter how much the discomfort towards some—is avoidable. Especially if you’re dealing with stories that might be picked up on a national/global wire service. This is an issue where there was a failure to double-check the identity by only going through one source, in this case, the police. The sooner we confront this issue and address it properly, the better off we’ll all be in the long run.
  5. 8 points
    Coverage plans include sleeping bags, cots, pizza and coffee.
  6. 7 points
    c'mon it's a simple violation it isn't even suspend able, nor is it terminable. could just been a good review of contract rules by the bosses. Sunbeam did something stupid already starting of on a bad foot post Ed Ansin era!!! Good thing will come when good doors closes better doors will open.
  7. 7 points
    We might as well fire every local anchor and reporter in NYC and LA who've appeared in movies and TV shows as well.
  8. 7 points
    Can you please provide a source for these "indications"? All I see is that Tegna became aware of the licensing issue after the shooting happened. Per the KUSA statement: And per the TVNT site guidelines:
  9. 7 points
    I’ve admittedly neglected the forum and I apologize. As I mentioned on Discord... No they haven’t. I think they’re still working out a few kinks and bugs. There was some setbacks with weather graphics also, especially with Hurricane Delta now. Plus, they’re focused on having no hiccups for our zoo fundraiser tomorrow so I’m sure they’re coming just they’ll be a bit late. They don’t want to rush it because they want it all to be perfected on air. Another thing to know, graphics changeover is not as simple as pressing a button, There are so many things that go into it like templates having to be re-created, purging the old graphics out of the system, Training the producers on the new graphics templates, building out new templates as we go. They’re gonna have to redesign the bugs and tickers to fit the new graphics which is another process, our control room is gonna have to make sure that all the graphics can punch up when cued. It would be one thing if it was only a slight update, but these graphics are gonna be so radically different than what we have now especially the lower thirds and how they animate that’s going to require a little bit longer to make sure it’s perfect. And we’re also doing all of this during a pandemic with a lot of people working from home, and at least two new COVID-19 cases on the staff so things in general are just taking a bit longer. UPDATE: I did see the new graphics today briefly on a sponsor ad. Change at WKRN is imminent, maybe early next week? That also won’t be happening. Nexstar is keeping NewsNation’s look separate from the local stations. In fact, WKRN is getting the KOIN package because of it’s similarities to the NewsNation look. I would suspect more stations will get the KOIN package (minus stations here and there that go with the older network affiliate packs) versus get something new entirely.
  10. 7 points
    This. The color temperature seems off, like the house lights are on too...
  11. 6 points
    I have updates on the space before it launches (which I assume to be two weeks from today). As reported, NBC has five floors is the building with a newsroom and small studio on the street level, both of which can easily be seen from the street. The pictures attached (or below) show the view through the windows. I recognize they aren't all the high quality (except the one from NewscastStudio). To familiarize yourself with the space, it is on a street corner. When looking down the rows of chairs/desks with the tvs at the end, the studio will be behind you. In the studio, you'll see the US Capital, but that is a video wall. However, the window I took that photo through, has an actual view of the Capital building. There's also two shots of an adjacent conference room.
  12. 6 points
    Why in the world are they using any OSI package cuts?
  13. 6 points
    Not sure why I feel the need to waste my time chiming in here, but just want to add onto the "you're wrong" group of folks in this thread. Will someone try to throw KUSA/TEGNA into some sort of litigation? Sure, probably. Will a judge immediately throw it out? Of course.
  14. 6 points
    Oy vey. It's like you people don't read the news, which is ironic and alarming. This isn't TEGNA's fault. They contracted Pinkerton who was responsible for vetting their own subcontractors. Pinkerton didn't do it's due diligence. Don't blame TEGNA.
  15. 6 points
    I've uploaded a few Houston items recently. Just starting to re-introduce content from my old channel as well. KPRC News update with Bob Nicholas and the late Doug Johnson from May 1985. KTRK News Update from December 1985 with Melanie Lawson KPRC Channel Two News Update from October 1989 with Tim Lake, currently of WTEN KHOU midday newscast from November 1993
  16. 6 points
    New station: WIBW is using the WMC package. They've also switched the music to CBS Enforcer V.2.
  17. 6 points
    HUGE loss for Channel 6. She is a great meteorologist. -- Matt
  18. 6 points
    COVID-19 schedule disruptions are out of hand. (Olathe Northwest Ravens are a local high school football team)
  19. 5 points
    Well, he and Fahey Flynn will be reunited in heaven again. What a life he lived. RIP.
  20. 5 points
    The set is great. They've succeeded in making the studio look much larger than before—the old FX-designed set felt very cramped, especially coming from the large set they had back in the old building at 1001 Van Ness. Yeah, some of the light bars are weird, but I love the use of the roof camera showing the Embarcadero, though the shot they were using at 5pm was really blown out with all of the white port buildings along the waterfront being lit by the setting sun. I didn't catch any of the primetime shows tonight but betting it looks much better at night. Also, it is kinda nice to see both anchors in the studio, complying with physical distancing recommendations—I think KRON is the first Bay Area station to do that, with everyone else splitting people up between the studio and newsroom or at home. But, the graphics are head-scratchingly all over the place. The opens are the same as before (but with new music), the lower thirds are new but look terrible with text set in a thin weight of Avenir, and the weather graphics are the most Nexstar-ish with the headers set in bold Montserrat. I don't think Nexstar leads the way with any of their standardized news graphic packages, but at least they're cohesive. Unless they're taking some strange phased launch approach, I was holding out hope we'd see something a bit more unified for KRON here. Aerial might be generic, but Instant Classics had to go. It's been around since 1995—that music is almost as old as I am.
  21. 5 points
    If the polls continue to hold with Team Blue leading by double digits nationwide and five to seven points in battleground states, we'll know by 11 pm eastern. North Carolina, Florida, and Texas will have most of their votes already present and counted election night. Georgia has seen a huge shift to the early voting modality. I expect rather than using the misleading "precincts counted" number, you would compare it either to the number of registered voters in a state, or total votes cast in 2016. If the number of ballots tabulated exceed 100% of votes cast in 2016 and counting has stopped then there should be relatively few ballots. You rarely see leads of two or three percentage points shift the other way. Similarly, if for some reason Team Red is up in places like Virginia, Nevada, and Minnesota then Trump has the advantage in winning, although I think networks will be less likely to call the night for Team Red just ebcause they know they will never be able to pull it back. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/10/13/election-2020-mail-voting-shouldnt-delay-results-several-key-states/3623320001/
  22. 5 points
    Totally agree. Boneheaded move by Sunbeam. I can understand not following a contract's stipulations and maybe other miscellaneous/unwanted liability concerns, but there's nuance to every situation. And Alaina was just recently promoted several months back (if I recall correctly) so she was clearly doing something right for the station. Reactions on social media seem to reinforce this. If she stays in news, I can definitely see her being taken up by another station before year's end.
  23. 5 points
    It's quite an upgrade. Makes it feel like a Top 50 market in market 88, where this only puts WCIA further ahead of their competitors (Sinclair: WICS // WRSP Brix: WAND). They put the stick and wood set together in two days. The old set wasn't meant to be in such a tight space, this one seems to be well thought out and feels like an actual studio (complete with an LED light grid and addressable RGB!) It looks good, and is a game changer for sure. I had the opportunity to talk to the set designer and their team is working almost non-stop for Nexstar. I've said it before, but I think Nexstar is on a tear to future proof almost all of their stations, even the ones that are miles ahead or miles behind the competition. You'd be surprised to hear some of the places they're going next. Now, about that raise...
  24. 5 points
    please show me the fcc regulation that covers a hired goon shooting someone... i'll wait... please... research what you are talking about before you come on here spouting off crazy stuff like this... the FCC won't touch this... nobody is going to get sold... you people really hate TEGNA don't you???
  25. 5 points
    A. Pinkerton is on Dohloff's paycheck, not 9News or TEGNA. B. The FCC is only responsible for broadcast issues, not television staffing issues. You'll notice no FCC ruling has ever been handed down specifying how stations are allowed to conduct hiring processes.
  26. 5 points
    A bit vague, and I think any changes are a year or so down the line. But it's about time CBS overhauled their O&O look. Compared to their network counterparts, they are quite lackluster. Personally, I hope the CBS Sports package survives the updates. I enjoy it. Everything else? Let's give it a once (or twice) over.
  27. 5 points
    That's not a typo or an error. Many Nexstar stations that were former Tribune outlets (plus WJZY, and now WDKY) have that licensee name, Tribune Media Company.
  28. 5 points
    The answer here should be more obvious. They'd rather have a slice of UHF spectrum than a slice of VHF spectrum. I bet KMPX turns out like KTBU, i.e. they add an 8.8 WFAA simulcast subchannel. Estrella might then buy the VHF transmitter facility, at which time there'd likely be a call sign and virtual channel swap. If Estrella exercises this option, it's essentially Estrella being paid $14 million ($19 million purchase price for KMPX minus $5 million purchase price in the option agreement for WFAA) to move to VHF.
  29. 5 points
  30. 4 points
    With Election Day 9 days away, the btm0815ma channel has uploaded ABC News coverage of the 1982, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Election Night coverage. The 1984 and 1988 uploads are of particular interest (at least to me) due to this being the first time more than a handful of brief snippets of ABC's coverage from 1984 and 1988 have surfaced on YouTube compared to CBS, NBC and (for 1988) CNN. btm0815ma YouTube channel
  31. 4 points
    I'll give them credit for being original in creating the gfx, instead of just "copying" what others are doing. I'll also give them credit for not going to the other extreme of being anemic like Scripps or Tegna. I'll speak especially to the 10pm open. That has way too much going on in a short space of time. If they want to go with that style of news open, they should try to stick with one or two transition patterns...instead of using everything in the software to animate the B-roll of the reporters. And frankly the slogan just gets lost in those transitions. I do, however, like the L3s. If they can re-work the opens and use fewer transition styles, then I think this would be alright. But tbh, the previous music and gfx actually worked really well. Kinda disappointed they replaced that with this. Counterpoint has a unique sound--and I think KRDO should've stayed with it.
  32. 4 points
    That's Right. I think y'all will like everything they have coming up.
  33. 4 points
    Like I said last month, it's time for 'GNO to be a very competitive news station. And if they're going to be number one in the ratings soon, they better start getting things right.
  34. 4 points
    Hate saying this, but I'm already liking the new Q13 News opens. I just wished OSI Music stick around a little while longer on some FOX O&O stations.
  35. 4 points
    Last I checked, KMSP is using this color scheme, as well.
  36. 4 points
    It was an absolutely stupid firing by Sunbeam. They should be condemned to the fullest for such a nonsense move
  37. 4 points
    Definitely an overreaction by the station. Good for her to take the high road in the announcement. I think the station should rethink their decision to terminate.
  38. 4 points
    Considering the already high volume of turnout already, I’d have to assume that most news organizations won’t call any race unless the returns are totally inexorable, or if there’s a substantial amount of absentees/mail-ins already counted. Maybe the coverage goes to 2am EDT, but there’s nothing to gain by going beyond that and being on-air in limbo rolling into the following morning... unless something extraordinary happens overnight because 2020. Personally, it might be a case where the races aren’t exactly called for days even if it’s already pretty clear by 2am EDT... not because of residue from 2016, but residue from the 2018 Arizona senate race, which got upended entirely once mail-ins were finally counted and Kyrsten Sinema took the lead. Does that happen everywhere? Who knows at this rate.
  39. 4 points
    Maybe if Zucker leaves, maybe the new CEO will fix all the problems he created.
  40. 4 points
    I maintain that because of social distancing they should have put frosted plexiglass or something at the end of each wing so we don't see their legs dangling.
  41. 4 points
  42. 4 points
    Sale approved by the FCC today.
  43. 4 points
    According to this Variety piece, the O&Os are finally getting new graphics.
  44. 4 points
    New station: KFVS is using the WVLT package. Here's their "Breakfast Show" open from this morning. Vid courtesy of "DADOSUPERMARIO 2" from YT. Here's the 5pm open. Vid courtesy of "DADOSUPERMARIO 2" from YT.
  45. 4 points
    How on God's green earth would an opinion show on FNC count as a "special report" on a Fox affiliate? Baffling.
  46. 4 points
    Or perhaps because this was a settlement of the whole Sinclair and Tribune fiasco that the licensee name is actually correct. Otherwise it would not accurately reflect what took place. Sinclair is correct. Nexstar could certainly use the Tribune Media name for that station, since they are the legal successor to the company (if I understand right). But they'll likely "assign" WDKY from Tribune to Nexstar, for license purposes, in due course.
  47. 4 points
  48. 4 points
    WJXT 1986 Eyewitness News WFMY News 2 1982 KSTW 10 o'clock News 1988 KLAS Channel 8 Eyewitness News 1991 KMOV 10pm News 1991 WAKR (WVPX) 23 Newsday 1980
  49. 4 points
    KCOP 1994 is as rare as they come:
  50. 4 points
    Because he wasn't there for 20-plus years. It's hard to do a grand farewell for someone that's not retiring or doesn't have tenure.
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