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  1. They have done that for over 20 years!
  2. It appears that they are diverting resources. On September 11, WBTS/Boston will debut "Boston News Daily" at 2pm. The Gracenote description reads, "A look at New England's news, sports, and more." The station airs NBC News Daily at Noon, Access Daily at 1pm and The Kelly Clarkson Show at 3pm.
  3. I don't know that there's anything we didn't already know, but here's a release detailing the transition: https://www.paramountpressexpress.com/cbs-news-and-stations/releases/?view=108406-cbs-to-transition-eight-company-owned-stations-from-affiliates-of-the-cw-to-independents-on-friday-sept-1
  4. Beginning September 11, WBTS/Boston will cut-back its morning news from a 4am start to a 5am start. Early Today will run from 3:30am-5am.
  5. Yes, during the height of the pandemic, they replaced the 4am-5am hour with a 10am-11am hour.
  6. In the major markets it certainly can. It's two hours of programming. This is not akin to losing a major network affiliation with numerous time periods to fill.
  7. KCAL is doing the same thing. I believe KDKA and WCCO do, too. It has never appeared as though this was a one size fits all approach to the brandings.
  8. CBS and Paramount+ NBC and Peacock Fox and Tubi
  9. Other than pure speculation, is there any evidence to indicate that the KCAL branding is transitional?
  10. Even if @Midnight were to run for thirty minutes, I would imagine CBS might run a rebroadcast of CBS Evening News at 1:07am and not return the time to affiliates.
  11. It is, indeed, a crazy era. But why not use the medium to creatively tell a story. Look at what WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer is up to: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2022/08/12/matt-shearer-wbz-tiktok/
  12. I'm curious how the legacy stations will (or in KPIX's case, do) brand outside of news. Does KPIX's syndicated programming bug or top of the hour legal ID have the CBS eye? Or is it simply the same box with the call letters?
  13. WBZ has the same thing leading into their 9am broadcast.
  14. Other than the weather icons, they look great. Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday look like there's nothing there!
  15. According to the program schedule on their website, WWJ debuts a newscast at 6pm and at 11pm tomorrow.
  16. To clarify... KCAL 4am-11am--KCAL Mornings KCBS 4am-6am--CBS Mornings 6am--KCAL Mornings (simulcast) 7am-9am--CBS Mornings
  17. Is the headline ticker present on the KPIX feed; or is it just on the OTT streaming feed? I'm also confused by the lack of weather, sports scores, etc. from the ticker. What's the point?
  18. The FCC does not require stations to relay weather alerts. They are only "required to provide the capability for the President to address the public during a national emergency." (https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-alert-system) You can make the argument that relaying alerts from the National Weather Service is in the public interest, but it is not required.
  19. Does anyone have any insight into the timeline for a graphics package change? Is it tied to when KCAL launches their morning news block sometime next month? ...or when WWJ launches its newscasts? (Any estimated launch date?) One thing to note (though perhaps unrelated), WBZ/Boston has not used the CBSN graphics package on its CBS News Boston OTT stream newscasts in several months, instead using the O&O graphics package.
  20. I don't think that affiliates are clamoring for additional inventory when the syndication market is barren and the advertisers for noon newscasts is dearth. Both Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful remain profitable.
  21. Yes, it was solely for unified branding.
  22. Did production for WTOG's news move from Dallas to Boston? The hybrid national/local broadcast is not a new concept. In fact, CBS and Group W partnered on a very similar effort in the mid '90s called Day & Date, which had local cut-ins and national segments. The program started out news/topical, but later moved toward tabloid and entertainment. It aired in the afternoons leading into local stations' news blocks.
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