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  1. The latest forecast posted at https://6abc.com/weather/ shows the new graphics, Brittany Boyer mentioned it toward the end of the weather cast, specifically when she pulled up the 7-day forecast. Speaking firmly from the “how dare they re-record MCTYW with an orchestra” camp, it does feel weird to see the 7-day displayed horizontally as opposed to the traditional WPVI vertical, but I like the new look overall. Walter even made mention after the segment how when he started at WPVI, they were still using their physical Velcro weather graphics
  2. I somewhat surprised (and annoyed) that KDKA got the revamp before KYW. KYW seems to be teetering on the edge of relaunching but, for whatever reason, hasn't yet.
  3. I appreciate KDKA keeping their color scheme- SOMETHING to differentiate the standardized graphics locally.
  4. This question now is whether Judge Mathis 2.0 will feature re-enacted/scripted cases like the others in the Allen Court stable.
  5. This is my cue to pop in and say I adored the Jodi Appelgate experiment, and I'd stream it almost every night in Philly. Bring back "The Day In PIX"!
  6. News branding aside, it'd be incredibly shocking if they were to completely dissolve KCAL's identity. Look at all the FOX duopolies- the sister stations each took the name of (all together now...) the more dominant brand. However, we each know about as much as the next person regarding the situation, which is to say- we know nothing, aside from what we're independently inferring from articles. None of us know, for sure, which O&O is relaunching next. KCBS/KCAL could absolutely swap out logos and VO's in a year's time (though the concept of "transitional mic flags" seems a bit far fetched). What I know since moving here nearly two years ago is I developed a preference for KCBS, I love that they finally combined newscasts instead of having separate branding, and Pat Harvey is an absolute legend.
  7. We only subscribe to Spectrum internet in Los Angeles, but our Spectrum credentials allow access to the Spectrum News app (and all Spectrum News channels nationwide)
  8. KYW has relaunched morning news on WPSG- they're now airing the 7am hour that recently began airing online
  9. Yes, but KCAL and KPIX only have the call letters in the box, not the presumably-soon-to-be-discontinued eye/number logo
  10. This was something I was curious about when the delay was announced- whether or not it would apply to station TV apps. Are there any other Nexstar TV apps? Didn't KRON roll one out a few years back? The next question would be if the apps use geolocation to restrict streaming to within the market proper.
  11. That ship has long since sailed (as much as I hate to say it). CBS O&O, NBC O&O, FOX O&O, TENGA, Scripps, Sinclair- they've all long since sent a station's uniqueness, for the most part, out the window. The biggest nail in the coffin was arguably the CBS definitely-not-a-mandate, but the death knell was the FOX O&O box kite standardization. Prior to that, most O&O's were doing their own interpretation of the FOX BOX side-by-side logo with varying color schemes, themes, and graphics. But in the era of hubbing and downsizing, the cookie cutter has come to rule the day.
  12. Consolidated branding was long overdue. Same personnel, same facility (maybe not the same set, but it is now), same content for the most part. With this relaunch I'm learning that KCAL has always had better name recognition, but it could have easily been "CBS 2 news on KCAL 9" up until this point. KCBS should have (and should now) be running promos similar to the "KCAL 9 is now KCAL News" spots touting "CBS 2 is now CBS Los Angeles". I feel like that aspect is still flying under the radar. I agree that "The Desk" is coming across as a bit overused, but I can see it from the angle that they're "constantly monitoring news, always bringing the latest information, etc." With approximately 95 hours of news to fill in a day, how many times can they run the same flood package, or the same report that McCarthy lost the speaker vote again? This is a market where an entire newscast will be blown out to follow a car chase- this at least brings some variety.
  13. A week or two ago I saw word that the upcoming Mummers Parade was leaving WPHL and would be airing on WDPN, sister station of WFMZ. With WPHL farming out their news operation in recent years and the likes of WCAU and WPVI lending talent, I figured WFMZ would have a large role in staffing the broadcast. However, it will be two familiar faces front and center- Larry Mendte and Dawn Stensland will be hosting.
  14. So the writing is on the wall that this was likely a buyout. NBCU will save money in not paying him, but I wonder what the long run will hold for WCAU. Will saving on his salary be worth wrecking 10's stability in evenings, particularly as 6 is about to lose JG?
  15. Personally, I don't think Keith has the gravitas for anything past the 4pm show. Which is not to say he's bad, but I believe he shines brightest on the earlier shows. Aside from him... I'm not even really familiar with who they may have in-house to serve as a full-time replacement. Given 10 is a sort of "corporate flagship" (as opposed to WNBC being the "network flagship"), I could see Comcast searching nationwide for a heavy hitter to help them gun for the top slot as 6 adjusts to a post-Gardner existence.
  16. Jim Rosenfield exiting later this month. I thought he was a definite upgrade over Tim Lake. Curious if he'll end up in some capacity at WNBC or within NBC News.
  17. I noticed this nifty little addition to the bottom of KYW's syndicated fare bug...
  18. This is the most convincing evidence I've seen yet that the "CBS X" branding is out the door (I may or may not have been in denial). A shame, as we were in San Fran for thanksgiving and I was admiring the fact that the Group W "5" is still in use there.
  19. Yes, a streaming "news" channel that's basically closer to a Q-anon message board than it is to Fox News. I believe they host Steve Bannon's "show", which says about everything there is to say about them.
  20. They use a transitional sound effect which could best be described as "fairy dust sprinkle" which I really don't understand. And while you can look at the viewership as "look how many less people are watching compared to DOOL at those hours", there's also "look as all these additional eyes on top of who was already streaming NBC News Now as those hours". Who was expecting them to keep DOOL viewership numbers? You wouldn't look at next-day numbers of a station flipping from Oldies to Top 40 and go "wow, nobody's listening to them!"- give it at least a month, then bash away if/when the numbers are still dismal. I'd imagine what NBC is particularly interested in is what their ratings eventually look like compared to GMA3.
  21. There's gotta be some snafu behind the scenes as KCOP's feed on YouTube TV is running "the grio" network. KCOP OTA is business as usual. Curious if other cable providers are experiencing the same issue.
  22. It could've been Josh Elliot until he gave himself a promotion on-air at CBSN and then was promptly demoted to the parking lot
  23. Coming from Philadelphia last year and longing for something as different (to put it lightly) as Good Day Philadelphia, I’ve found the LA options sorely lacking. Every time I turned on KTTV, aside from headlines it always seemed it was Michaela doing her best passionate-nodding-and-understanding-eyes Oprah impression during some interview. If she were to end up at KCAL, I’d hope it would be as part of more of an ensemble presentation (like the CBS sister operation in Sacramento or the aforementioned Philadelphia broadcast)
  24. The “10@10” experiment is over, and it’s the return of “The 10 o’clock News” (as opposed to the “News at 10” name I believe they were using before the 10@10)
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