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  1. Also what I honestly bet they go with. “CBS” for every non-news show, network or otherwise. Maybe the legacy calls for the cities that look like they’re going to keep that branding element, but for most of them, just “CBS”.
  2. At least for today they will be reairing the 9am hour of Good Day at 2pm. Just made the announcement at the top of that hour, and the time/temp was taken off of the bug to accomodate.
  3. Repetition is pretty high, but it's not a canned loop at least. All of the blocks have different content, and some have different top stories. So it's a mix. That being said I felt exhausted by the end of it all, so yeah. They must be getting fierce competition from WPHL (and this is probably the answer to the question of whether Nexstar goes in-house with their news - they clearly have a good thing going) Here's a compilation of the new format. Judge for yourself.
  4. I don’t have functioning capture right now, but I actually remembered I had a license for Bandicam and set it up in time to get it. I’ve been recording the last hour.
  5. The 10pm news seems to have been dramatically reformatted. I’m catching up on the livestream. it’s now titled “10 at 10”. the ENTIRE newscast now seems to be formatted into 10 minute blocks. Jason Martinez did the first 10 minutes, then traded off to Shaina Humphries for another ten minute block. Jason’s on a third block as I type this. Each block starts with a “Rundown”, complete with large Gannett 1.0-style graphic on right side. Weather is now two 1 minute hits in each “block”. More frequent commercial breaks of just 60 seconds, including before the seven day forecast. Each block is slightly different. Shaina’s block seemed to have more national stories. The first two started with the same lead - John Dougherty’s guilty verdict. This third cycle started with a supply chain story. Wow. And I don’t think it’s a good wow either.
  6. The one thing I've long had a problem with on 3 is them using way too few anchor pairs for a schedule that newscast heavy. I mean, Ukee and Jessica do the 5, 6, 10, and 11 - that's a lot and it would be nice to give one or two of those slots to another pairing.
  7. Early Sunday morning, the Sinclair stations were hit with what appears to be an extremely severe ransomware attack. It appears most, if not all, of the stations have experienced severe issues with their on-air feeds. Problems include missing commercial breaks, cancelled newscasts at some stations, barebones newscasts at stations that were able to cobble something together, and - in some extreme cases - going off-air entirely, with a stream of Sinclair's Charge network replacing regular programming. As the day has progressed it has become increasingly clear that the magnitude of the attack by far dwarfs the similar attack at Cox stations this summer, solely due to the size of the company. As the issue is particularly widespread, we should have a centralized thread for discussion. I have a feeling the problems we've seen so far on Sunday are the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. WHAT WE KNOW: Stations began to have issues on Sunday morning, with many stations not doing a morning newscast entirely, chalking the problems up to "Technical Difficulties". FTVLive was the first source to report that the stations were hit with a malware attack. Cybersecurity reporter Catalin Cimpanu of The Record posted a more detailed report about what exactly happened: The article goes on to report that many stations were joined on the same active directory, enabling the attackers to hit a large number of stations. Master Control does not seem to be affected, as Sinclair was able to patch in one of their national diginets to replace local programming. By numerous Twitter accounts, this affected the afternoon's NFL broadcast on a number of stations, resulting in the kind of complaints you would expect. Axios reporter Sara Fischer confirmed Cimpanu's scoop, and the story has so far been picked up by sports broadcasting blog Awful Announcing. The story will probably go wider as the severity of the attack is revealed. This could not have happened at a worse time for Sinclair, as the company's regional sports networks are believed to be in rough shape, facing rebukes from sports leagues, and possibly headed for bankruptcy. I'll try to update this post as news trickles in, but for now, feel free to report on how your Sinclair station is faring during *waves hands wildly*.
  8. I heard a choir of angels singing “HALLELUJAH” when you said that.
  9. I just plain wonder if, regardless of approach, launching a news channel right now is a good idea. I'm starting to get the feeling that, after the last four years in general and the past year in particular, people are just completely and totally burned out on news. I know I am - I used to watch a lot of local and cable news up until the pandemic, and then made a conscious decision to stop watching. And I've long considered myself a hard core news junkie. The problem for Nexstar, of course, is that I don't think there was any other viable option. Sports is kind of in a weird spot right now, still mostly cable but on the verge of making a significant streaming push. Discovery kinda has the factual and unscripted stuff locked down. True Crime is saturated between HLN/Oxygen/ID and OTA options like Scripps' Court TV networks. And prestige scripting... forget about it, the streamers have that on lock down now. Additionally, this might have been the most newsworthy six months of our lifetimes, between the pandemic, the ongoing racial unrest, the election, the chaos after the election, 1/6, Biden taking office, and probably a ton of other things I can't think of. And they have utterly failed to capitalize. The audience is either unaware - unlikely because Nexstar's stations are pushing this relentlessly - or more likely, utterly disinterested in this offering. At minimum, something needs to change... and it might just be getting close to the time to cut losses.
  10. Also wanted to note: the use of "COUNT ON IT" has increased fairly dramatically in the last few weeks or so. It's now part of the reporter outcue. .......I'm never gonna be able to change my forum description, am I?
  11. You seem to know, any idea on what station or firm is taking the lead on this project? If it’s being done at WPVI (their current look is in-house) or elsewhere?
  12. FINALLY I HAVE SOMEONE TO BLAME.
  13. https://www.nexttv.com/features/city-of-brotherly-love-gets-phil-of-local-content This is buried in the last few paragraphs, but it's a really big deal. We like to slag on this station so much that I can kinda just abbreviate it to "LOLKYW", but I was stunned to find that KYW is doing... actually not that badly at 11pm. In fact, they're #2 in households. They're still #3 in the demo, but at .2 ratings points behind WCAU it's not like they're dead. Tonight or this week I plan on checking their 11pm out to see how they're doing. I want to see what's going on there and if there's a spark there... honestly, watch out. Ukee Washington is one of the best talents to ever perform in this market and if he finally has a GOOD product behind him, they could catch on.
  14. That one actually doubled as the CBS Morning News set for a time...
  15. It’s permanent. Just saw a Facebook post hyping the new newscast.
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