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  1. Like this post if you're old enough to remember the WITI MyFox site being covered in the "kitebox" logo that was never once used on-air. Is there anything besides the website update that is leading people to believe KCPQ is launching new graphics today?
  2. First on the TVNT Discord over the weekend... WarnerMedia has placed CNN Center in Atlanta up for sale, and may have already found a buyer. CNN will remain in CNN Center for the next 5 years, at which point any remaining operations in Atlanta are expected to move back to the Techwood campus, New York, or Los Angeles. https://www.gpbnews.org/post/cnn-center-atlanta-be-sold https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/sell-landmark-cnn-center-building-downtown-atlanta/kIsZtWUQiPPjbYICmVZunM/
  3. Last night I was having trouble getting to sleep, and decided to put on NewsNet for a while to see if that would help. Thinking about what is happening with KTWO, I ended up logging an hour's worth of what they aired and figured out where it came from. I wanted to know just how much they rely on CNN. The answer? In the hour I watched, approximately 27 minutes, or 45% of the hour, was ultimately from CNN. A package from WISH also aired twice, with a large "wishtv.com" bug in the upper right, but otherwise clean. This doesn't seem to have come from CNN, but the bug being there was a little odd. Those 9 minutes of actual content from NewsNet include: 5 minutes of Weather (2 minutes and 3 minutes) 2 minutes of news headlines (Nothing substantial, just teasing stories about to air. 1 at top of hour, 1 at bottom) 2 airings of an approx. 1 minute package from California where the reporter/VJ had a NewsNet mic flag.
  4. Looking forward to "News Net Wyoming".
  5. TVNewsCheck has another article out regarding groups strongly looking at keeping some aspects of "social distancing" around, previously discussed with Fox, and this one now includes Gray and Tegna. https://tvnewscheck.com/article/top-news/249724/no-going-back-to-pre-covid-workflows/ Tegna on employees being in the building: Fox and Tegna on staff in the buildings and possible severe weather coverage contingencies: Gray: So, yeah. Even if this disappears in the coming weeks, I think the damage is done. These groups have seen the "efficiency" in not having everyone come to the station to work. Fewer people in the office means less space is needed, and less space saves money.
  6. This thread has drifted way off course and is no longer relevant. Locking.
  7. TVNewsCheck has an interview with Cox CEO Steve Pruett, former Sinclair CEO, that is the requiem for the Cox group as we knew it. If you thought nothing would change under Apollo ownership, does this have some scary news for you. https://tvnewscheck.com/article/top-news/249544/cox-chair-station-groups-need-alliances/ Some interesting tidbits: On "Work from Home": On synergies through scale (see also: hubbing, corporate graphics/music): On ownership deregulation: So yeah, long story short, Apollo is going to turn Cox into Sinclair 2 and use their influence to push through ownership deregulation. Enjoy your local Cox station while it's still somewhat autonomous.
  8. The Work from Home meltdowns continued yesterday on NBC/MSNBC with this complete disaster of a special report. Things start out bad on MSNBC, where anchor Chris Jansing attempted to let network join the MSNBC feed, while her phone emitted a loud busy signal (second video) which she hastily silenced as the special report animation ended and her camera went live. Later, the feed transitions to the end card in the middle of a live shot (first video) and goes back to Chris, who just throws down her notepad in frustration before they go to commercial. But wait, there's more! That weird end was just an abrupt cut to black on the network (Fast-forward to 13:05 if it doesn't take you there automatically.) After the meltdown at CBS Evening News, we're starting to see the limits of "work from home". No backups, poor communication, dozens of extra points of failure. If the current situation keeps up, you have to wonder when networks will start giving up and going "back to normal".
  9. If the market is listed as "Springfield, Missouri" then it belongs to Missouri. The reach of the market is irrelevant.
  10. Sounds like the CBSN experiment might not be going as well as they hoped.
  11. The descriptions of each board will specify the states, based off this map.
  12. A while back we held a poll regarding "general" threads - threads with a loose topic, meant to keep random tidbits from ending up in improper threads - and the overall consensus was that it was time for them to go. This update is about that. Please note that general threads will not go away entirely. Some threads may remain (such as the Classic Video threads) and new threads will be created (such as a "Comings and Goings" thread to replace "Out and About".) Threads that will be closed under the new rules will be flagged prior to these changes being made, to allow conversations to be split off into new threads. Forum Changes: To encourage better, more focused conversations, there will be some changes made regarding the overall layout of the boards. New boards will be added, and some boards will be merged or removed. While the industry has changed a lot since the TVNewsTalk Forum signed on in the early 2000's, the forum has not. These changes will be put into place later on, and a site announcement will be made prior to the changes being implemented, as the site will be briefly unavailable while they are made. The new board layout will be: TVNewsTalk.net (Category) Site Announcements General TV (Category) TV Industry Discussion (Currently "General TV" but refocused on the industry overall. Local station specifics moved to Regional boards below) "Corporate Chat" depreciated, merged with Industry Discussion Digital News Discussion (Web/Mobile/Social Discussion. "Social Media" renamed and relocated from "Communications Center" Category.) Local News (Category, regions based off this map.) Northeast NYC Board - Remains, but Station General sub-forum depreciated. Philadelphia Board depreciated due to lack of use, merged with Northeast region South Midwest Chicago Board - Remains West Los Angeles Board depreciated due to lack of use, merged with West region National and International News (Category) US National News (US Cable News and National News merged together) International News Sportscasting (Current "Sport Center" Board, refocused on sports broadcasting. Originally intended for just discussion of sports, it's more or less become about sports broadcasting) General Topics (Category) On-Air Appearance (Merging Graphics/Music/Sets boards into one, since standardization has become so prevalent they're almost always cross-posts) Engineering and Tech Research (Current "Classic Video" and "Tape Library" merged. Focus on researching different topics and sharing of classic video and articles.) "Weather Lab" depreciated, moved to TV Industry Discussion Everything Else (Category) Breakroom Speculation Graphics Dept. Test Board Guidelines Changes: Changes will be made to the site's Guidelines to enforce the new purpose of any remaining general threads. (New) Topics should be as focused as possible. Topics should be thought of as a conversation on a specific subject. Creation of catch-all "general" threads that bounce between subjects is no longer permitted without administrator approval. (Modified) Content should not be disruptive to the flow of conversation. Consider the subject of the topic you are posting in. Posts that are irrelevant to the topic at hand belong in either a different or new topic. Additionally, posting low-quality, one line posts and responses (e.g. "I agree!" "Yeah." "Is it done yet?") disrupts the flow of conversation and adds nothing constructive. Excessive use of capital letters (TYPING IN ALL CAPS) is not allowed. Nonsensical posts and posts that do not follow the basic rules of the English language are likely to be removed. (New) Content should be posted in a calm and respectful manner. While you may disagree with another users opinion, or the way certain stations or companies are run, constantly bringing up your disagreement with them, or ranting about them, is frowned upon. You are free to express your opinions, just do so in a calm manner that is respectful of the people who's daily lives are actually impacted by the issue at hand. There are real people behind all of these decisions, and many of them care as much about TV News as any news fan does. FAQ and Examples: There will obviously be many questions regarding the roll out of these changes. We expect the biggest question will simply be "Why?" One of the biggest complaints we get from casual site users is that it has become increasingly difficult to find things on TVNT. Conversations are broken up between numerous threads. Posts about a single Tegna station's graphics are in the Tegna corporate thread. Graphics discussion about one station ends up in the Sets and Studios thread for the set they launched at the same time. New cuts of music are discussed in a station-specific thread. Discussion about a possible company merger are buried inside the company's general thread between posts about a single station's anchor retiring or complaints about music. This fracturing of information makes it hard to jump into the conversation and leads to disruption in other threads where someone will be told "We're already talking about that over here." Moving forward, general-type threads may be only used for the following: Talent and Staff Moves/Retirements/Etc. - A new "Comings and Goings" thread will be created in "TV Industry Discussion" for lower profile moves/retirements/etc. Higher profile situations, such as a main anchor in a large market station, are expected to go in their own thread in their appropriate region. Company-wide initiatives - We do not expect you to create a new thread for every station that debuts a company graphics package. It is okay to have a "Scripps v.3 Graphics" thread, as long as the conversation is about the package as a whole. A station debuting a new logo with the graphics launch would warrant its own thread. Industry-wide happenings - A thread discussing stations rolling out ATSC 3.0 is fine, as long as the conversation is about the rollout overall. A single station doing something (i.e. WXXX debuting an ATSC 3.0-compliant weather alert ticker or experimenting with 4K transmission) should go in its own thread. We are sure there will be more questions that come up about these changes. That is why we are holding off implementing them. We expect to begin this process in mid-June, once we work through any feedback or complications that may arise. Please feel free to leave your questions below!
  13. A year later and we get... a new desk! Oh boy, it's a standing desk. So hip! It looks like the weather center desk has also been removed, and the two monitors behind either side of the desk (usually used for OTS shots) are gone as well.
  14. Weeters

    Oops, WFTS

    Singular Live is a web platform the Scripps digital desk uses that puts graphics on web streams, and distributes the stream to numerous endpoints at once. This isn't routed through any sort of technical control center, it's all done from a web browser at someone's desk. There's not really an opportunity for local branding on these streams, as it's one stream being sent to all of the Scripps Facebook pages at once. For some reason, they often forget to take the Singular branding off of it. Seen this dozens of times in the past few months.
  15. What this part says is that Sinclair cannot apply for "assignment or transfer of control" (broad enough to include any purchase or divestiture of a station) without the applications being approved by Sinclair's legal team, and that any such application must also be accompanied by a certification from the designated Compliance Officer enforcing compliance of this order, stating that the application is accurate and that it's following all applicable laws. They must also submit an explanation as to why it was certified accurate and lawful. So, in other words, for the next few years, any time they buy or sell a station, they will need to certify that they are following the rules and not trying to pull a fast one on the FCC. The text applicable to the retransmission agreements is:
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