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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
    New set launched today, along with a modified version of the Nexstar CBS graphics. EDIT: Time lapse video of the set construction added. https://youtu.be/Xz00IGWNMY8
  12. 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.
  13. 6 points
    Why in the world are they using any OSI package cuts?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 6 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.
  18. 6 points
    New station: WIBW is using the WMC package. They've also switched the music to CBS Enforcer V.2.
  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
    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.
  28. 5 points
    HUGE loss for Channel 6. She is a great meteorologist. -- Matt
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    @TennTV1983Wow. Just wow. Nexstar is really stepping up their game. This is the easily one of the best sets in the group. Easily one of my favorite sets of the year, as well. It embraces Memphis so much & looks absolutely stunning.
  31. 4 points
    And let's not forget Aerial.
  32. 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.
  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
    Well, the wait is over: Q13 Fox Seattle has officially changed its on-air graphics and theme music to the ones used by the rest of the Fox Television Stations Group. It debuted at the start of the Q13 Weekend News at 9 p.m. on Joe TV and I am loving it! Also, Q13 Fox is remaining the only Fox O&O to incorporate the Fox name in its general branding, but not the news branding. That I love as well.eral branding, but not the news branding. That I love as well. Oh, and in addition to using Stephen Arnold's "Beyond," Q13 used a main cut from OSI's "Fox Affiliate News Theme" for the "This is Q13 News" opening title sequence as well.
  37. 4 points
    I think, based on everything i've seen, we'll have a clear winner within a day or two. If Biden carries the Great Lakes States, it won't matter what happens in some other swing states (see: FL and TX). Obviously there are hundreds of ways things could play out on Election night, but if States like PA, OH, MI, etc swing as hard left as some polls suggest, then it may very well be just a bog standard election night. Yes yes, I know we're all caught up in polls in 2020 just like we were in 2016, but when you add context, knowledge, and history to the 2020 polling, I think it's still fairly clear what will probably happen on election night. Networks will call the race when they see fit. Now, whether the President concedes on election night or not is an entirely different story, and what actions certain parties take after election day remain to be seen.
  38. 4 points
    It was an absolutely stupid firing by Sunbeam. They should be condemned to the fullest for such a nonsense move
  39. 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.
  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
    It's refreshing (and maybe even a little comforting) to see it finally sourced and published, but as much as I want to have high expectations, there have been quite a few new meh graphics launched as of recent, so I...won't hold my breath for CBS, given how they seem to bungle everything they launch. Edited for my own takeaways: CBS is not synonymous with a notable 'jingle' of sorts (like NBC's chime), so I'm interested to see if this will catch on. Well, we just saw CBS Evening News go through a massive change last year, but this definitely means the current look is being whacked. CBS EN, CBSN, and CBS Sports all have different fonts albeit similar in being "skinny-ish", so I'm kind of wondering how bold (or not) they'll go. Lol this just reminds me of how KDKA went rogue a few months back. As far as this specific forum is concerned, this is the most relevant development and also the biggest clue about what will change -- definitely going to be really different because CBS EN is blue all over and CBSN is red all over. Interested to see what will come from this beyond what's visible from the debate coverage graphics. This is the one main component without a stated timeline, so we probably have a lot longer to wait for CBS O&Os (and CBSN Locals, if they're even switching over either). Just IMO but I feel like the "pieces" part (referring to the new design elements for the Eye) might actually take kind of a large role with the O&Os in an effort to make things feel "modern" and "sleek," which we can't really describe for the current deployment of the Eye. Pulling for CBS here to actually develop something stunning given how major of a network it is, but it's generally lagging so far behind the other two nets so in the end, will graphics really make a difference? Probably only for us newsies.
  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
    Fox made (what I believe was) a serious mistake not having Brett take over coverage, but instead let the hosts of ‘The Five’ lead the coverage/discussions. I can imagine some at the Fox O&Os and/or affiliates not being happy about that.
  47. 4 points
    I will say that the CBS debate coverage was particularly underwhelming from the line up to the presentation. Imagine the boost that someone like Shep Smith or Scott Pelley would give their operations right now. On top of that, as the news of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis both ABC and NBC are on with special reports...CBS is staying with James Corden.
  48. 4 points
  49. 4 points
    Yeah, this is the package they're standardizing across all stations.
  50. 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
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