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  1. 3 hours ago, phillynewslover said:

    Maybe not across all the O&O's. Quite a few NBC O&O's already use First Alert. I guess CBS could take it though.


    IIRC, stations have to license the branding. Perhaps in cases where the NBC O&O has it already, the CBS will retain Storm Watch.

  2. 1 hour ago, phillynewslover said:

    Eyewitness News now airs for three hours on Saturday mornings. They added another hour at 9a today. Sister stations KTVT and WFOR also added newscasts.


    Looks like they just won't be airing the last hour of Dream Team anymore.


    WBZ/Boston did the same. 


    The FCC relaxed E/I programming restrictions in the past couple of years. Stations are able to offload 1 hour of E/I programming to one of their digital channels, leaving only two hours required each week on the main program stream. It looks like ViacomCBS is now taking advantage.

  3. 4 hours ago, Megatron81 said:

    WWJ newscast will fail they aren't going to compete with WJBK, WXYZ, WDIV, WWJ will be the dog of Detroit and not have much in the ratings.


    I think the larger objective for CBS is to utilize Detroit as a "laboratory" of sorts to try out some new things. There's no risk of alienating an existing audience. It should be very interesting to watch the operation unfold.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Megatron81 said:

    Very interesting that Wheel & J CBS, NBC O&O's want Wheel & J I think it is about the money for Sony/CBS. I think ABC will keep the rights to both shows since it has been on ABC O&O's since they began in 83 & 84.


    Weren't they on most CBS O&Os until the late '80s?

  5. 2 hours ago, 24994J said:

    you'll see that Dan is coming from the Sunday Morning set. SOMETHING kept him from being on the main Evening News set.


    The date in question was a Sunday. The Sunday Morning studio would have been staffed and ready for that day's broadcast.

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  6. At approximately 3:58am this morning, shortly before CBS Morning News began, CBS broadcast CBS News Flash, an approximately 1-minute news digest that was anchored by Tom Hanson. CBS, like the other networks, previously had updates broadcast throughout the day.


    I found an edition of CBS News Flash from earlier this month on YouTube, included as part of a video history of the CBS Newsbreak.



    I'm curious if this just airs a 3:58am EDT (But then, why?) or if it is airing in other dayparts. 

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  7. 6 minutes ago, Jakob said:

    I am surprised about that too. They usually don't show news on Christmas Morning. For example, in 2017, they aired The Spirit of Christmas at 5AM and Small Town Big Deal Christmas Across America at 6AM. I am not sure what they aired at 4:30 AM and 11:00 PM because I didn't see them on Internet Archive.

    Where are you able to search for these on Internet Archive? I can't find the collection.

  8. 12 minutes ago, WheelWarrior said:

    Looks like WBZ finally gave in to all the complaints from Wheel and Jeopardy! fans. Patriots All Access has been moved from Fridays to Saturdays starting this week. It's still at 7:00, so the shows are still pre-empted, but only reruns this time (though unlike the phase where they were airing infomercials at 7:00 earlier this year, neither show is moved overnight; they are simply not airing at all on weekends). No more Friday pre-emptions!


    Now if only WKRN in Nashville could do the same with their Titans show and have it pre-empt WOF Weekend instead of first-run episodes weekly.

    It's only because Christmas Day and New Year's Day are on Friday this year. 

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  9. About 10-12 years ago, digital multicast weather channels were quite popular (NBC's WeatherPlus, The Local AccuWeather Channel, and locally-run options). I'm curious whether any still exist. Is it safe to assume their popularity waned in the era of smartphones?

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  10. 10 hours ago, Amra said:

    Jim Benneman anchored the CBS Evening News waaay better than Norah...


    Was that his normal delivery last weekend? I had to turn it off after five minutes. He sounded out of breath.

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  11. 1 hour ago, rkolsen said:

    After seeing a second CBS Evening News recording on my TiVo I did a look around and saw that most of the CBS O&Os rerun the Evening News overnight. Sounds like a ratings play. 


    NBC does the same thing.

  12. On 2/19/2019 at 9:10 PM, onthesea said:

    A small part of Tom Bergeron's résumé: hosting WBZ's teenage discussion show Rap Around in 1988. The program continued to be on the air for another decade. Anyone knows who succeeded him as the host of the show?


    I believe it was sports reporter Alice Cook.

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