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Everything posted by mouseboy33

  1. they are almost entirely airing the CNNi feed anyway. CNNi is a shell of its former self. Most of the legacy anchors and reporters have left and its down to a few hours now. Zucker & Co really dropped the ball with CNNI and HLN. Focusing entirely on US politics have really destroyed CNN brand and IMO the other channels has been left to flounder and die and other channels have moved into their spaces. THere are loads of 24hr Streaming channels in the US that replaces what HLN used to do for decades. And CNN international has effectively been shelved and replaced with BBC and AJE. Sad Really. I dont think this bargain basement MAX effort will help do anything help them gain any traction. Its all just sad to watch this legacy channel flounder this way.
  2. The set looks fantastic. Its the drab lighting plan that really lets it down and make the talent look flat. And the cold temperature/colour makes skin tones and wood tones look dead. I think this set would look great if they re-lit it. Its really goes to show a great set can look terrible if its lit badly. Goodness.
  3. I think its a brilliant dynamic package. it might be a big much for older viewers to wrap their heads around. But I think its brilliant. Dont like the chopped together opening. I hate there is no music bed after the opening. It feel abrupt. Not sure about the cobble together opening theme.
  4. Id prefer him as a investigative reporter, so long as he's not in the anchor chair for the evening newscasts.
  5. Watching the new CBS News Detroit premiere. I can imagine that things will be tweaked after this premiere and they see what works and what doesnt work. Im sure they will throw everything at the wall tonight. -Clunky version of the open -I like the open to the jib shot, but it was too long and it hovered too high instead of moving toward the center and transitioning to the centre presenter camera. -The camera blocking is strange for the right presenter. You get the strange white wall and part of window mullions. -Strange sound in the background - A/C noise is VERY VERY LOUD! VERY distracting. They need to sorta that out immediately. Seems like the noisy problem that occurs when all the presenter mics are hot. -Odd use of jib over to weather. Kinda of a plain looking weather corner, washed out graphics. Seems like the big CBS logo been seen all the way on the right wall behind the weather computers. Weather is done from a rolling screen against a white wall. You can see the screen cords plugged into the wall. (Looks messy) The sports anchor uses the screen in the greenroom as sort of an OTS. They turn on blue lights in the green room for the 6pm. - The centre camera shot is really nice. -The story selection is strange and nothing ground breaking so far. Lots of national stories off the top. A local story about football coach and then a Narcan vending machine story was presented live from a local university. The reporter had on a boat load CBS Detroit gear. -They did highlight the reporter that will cover a specific beat/region. Which i like. But then going into each break they keep telling you they are watching a specific community and they can watch CBS Detroit streaming. (gotcha) So far going into the first advert break....its kinda ehhh. -The transitions seem choppy. -Umm not getting the point of the sports stories sprinkled thru instead of the main sports bulletin usually toward the end of the broadcast. So far the "Detroit" stories is very very thin. Kinda expected them to have reporters live all over the place for the first outing. I know the they are still hiring but eek. They dont seem to have a full staff yet. - The presenters seem to be a capable bunch, they seem to fit a large diverse market such as Detroit. It has the largest Arabic/Muslim population in the US and a large black population amongst others. I have to say it could be an interesting enterprise. I was expecting a bit more newsroom movement, but it seems CBS didnt throw millions at the wall for this. I feel like this is more of down and dirty operation rather than being ultra flashy.
  6. I hope they do something with the graphics. They are old and I think they need something more dynamic. Currently its very cluttered.
  7. Keep in mind the newsroom wander was perfected at CITY-TV CityNews/CityPulse Toronto...starting in the early mid 80s
  8. CNN Center is offically closing at the end of the year with the news operation relocating completely to Techwood Campus https://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/cnn-moving-atlanta-global-headquarters-from-cnn-center-to-techwood-campus-this-year/521567/
  9. Im sure Patricks a nice guy, but he just seems ill-suited for an anchor position in a top 3 market. WMAQ doesnt really have a deep anchor bench anymore.
  10. CBC News Canada has launched another FAST Channel that was made available seemingly exclusively outside Canada on Roku and smarttv's. In addition to the CBC News existing jukebox channel they launched CBC News Explore which combines headline segments with documentaries and other long form stories and a few new programmes with some interview shows.. It interesting they didnt roll the other channel into this new venture. https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/press-release/cbc-launches-free-streaming-channel-cbc-news-explore
  11. It seems to me it will be a massive snub if its not given to Ravi. Cheryl is only 59 so I cant see her going anytime soon. But the only reason i cant see Ravi getting that spot is if he doesnt want it. Maybe he prefers his weekend anchoring and occasional field reporting. But i would like to see him get it. He is more than capable. He certainly has evening news big city gravitas. We are running low in Chicago. Stefan Holt is a rarity. Ch7 has a some big city anchors and reporters but the bench is not as deep as before.
  12. I was HIGHLY impressed by this. I wasnt expecting the modern feeling of this. I HATE green screen virtual stuff. But its less distracting than I thought. I wasnt sure about the virtual ceiling also but you dont even notice its not real. But all the elements were implemented very well. Im not a fan of the theme. Its kinda nothing. But it dont hate it. I wish they could have done something more "European sounding" to further move the broadcast away from the "typical PBS" news magazine sound. But this is far beyond anything i was imagining they were going to do. Speaking of the Green screen and graphics...of the most irritating and glaring mistakes are that the images of the skyline are OLD. They are so old the supertall VISTA TOWER along the river near in the shot with the AON Center is not there. Also the shot of the Marina Towers down the river toward the west show the sky at the end. That part is completely built up and you cant see the western sky because of the new buildings that went up years ago. Including the 3 new buildings at Wolf Point. So those pictures must be more than 10-15 years old. THAT A HUGE MISTAKE! And it shows whoever created the graphics didnt really care.
  13. Wow that looks horrible. The lighting is horrifying and the camera blocking is terrible. Renzo Piano is a great architect but a studio designer he is not. I dont like anything about this. It actually feels amateurish. The newsroom looks like something they slapped a logo on the back wall and called it a day. Italian tv broadcasts have alway felt slightly off to me for whatever reason. And this is just another example.
  14. He has a nice warm easy going anchoring style that fits a big market. Seems like a good find. They had made some seriously dubious anchor choices with Kate Chappel, JC Navarrettte, and Patrick Fasio. This guy seems to have a nice big city anchor gravitas WMAQ is sorely lacking at moment. I dont know who's been seeking talent but they have made some major fumbles with Fasio. Maybe they are hoping he leaves or stick him in the field. Some journalists are better reporters than anchors.
  15. Exactly, it took much longer than the 2 weeks someone said it was going to. But looking that the WMAQ's track record lets see how long this look lasts before they start screwing around with it. We will see if the camera's revert back to the locked down still shots and they will eventually cut out the cross set shots.
  16. Wow. Im pleasantly surprised how nice the new NBC 5 set looks. They actually put in some effort. Also they are using some camera pans and movement.(Lets see if it continues after today) I havent seen a full wide shot. But I do like the outcome. Its mostly screens as we thought but the surrounding bits are nice. The desk is great. And the lighting is typical NBC. Top Notch. I HATE THE VIEW OF MICHIGAN AVE BRIDGE. Its horrible and it bounces. NBC 5 uses possible the worst camera. Low Quality and bouncy. I feels like you are watching the news on a cruise ship. Horrible. I dont know why they like that shot but it needs to go
  17. Ive never seen a story like this. Tonight it just took a weird-er turn https://twitter.com/CBCNews/status/1563345202567593989
  18. I dont want to start bashing Ch5. Creatively it feels off. Seems like when they start using the NBC mandate graphics it just went off a cliff. I think about the themes used by WNBC and KNBC just how they seem a bit more "peppy-er" than WMAQ. I've never been a fan of the announcer or the locked down cameras. Especially when you look back to 90s and how "Big" that station felt. NBC in my opinion has alway been at the very top when it comes to news as far as production, sets, lighting, graphics etc. And you can see that continue at the affiliate level in NY, LA Miami Boston and then you look at WMAQ its not there. I cant chalk it all of space either. WNBC had that tiny set for few years and it looked great. Now WMAQ has all these screens and the beauty shots of the city looks awful. A prime example its the image used for temporary set. I cant imagine KNBC or WNBC doing anything like that. Especially when you think they are broadcasting from a huge a tower with an NBC Peacock proudly displayed (yes I know they dont own the building). Just tired of such a massive creative step down from the #1 station (WLS) to Ch5. Some of the current crop of anchors dont have the big city gravitas. Glad they bought Stefan Holt back he learned well from his father. Because the other male anchors dont have the "Bill Curtis anchor presence". They hardly compare to Dick Johnson, Warner Saunders,etc. Currently a very very weak anchor team in my opinion. Most are fine as reporter but they are basically telepropter readers and thats about it. The weakness shows when there is a major story.
  19. Well if it only took 2 weeks. I wouldnt expect any thing spectacular. A new desk is likely. But for the most parts the big screens will probably be where they are. They probably just installed some columns and panels to cover the places around the screens and thats about it. Because those pieces could have already started to be fabricated well before. Basically there was actually no set there any more. It was just a desk and several huge screens. And because the space is so cramped we will rarely see any wide shots anyway. NBC no longer seems to want to spend money on any major changes at NBC Tower. WMAQ in my opinion always feels "off" creatively when you compare it to the other NBC O&O's. It doesnt feel as "big-market" at is should. It hasnt felt that way in years. From the theme music choice. The cheap "bouncing" Michigan Ave camera view behind the anchors. Some their dubious anchor choices. I could go on...but I dont have much hope in anything impressive happening in 2 weeks. And as was said they certainly didnt take over one of the large production studios. So anything is better than the spare looking space they were using, but somehow Im sure WMAQ will make it look cheap.
  20. Sounds like it. I think thats the point as well. Alternative fact on CTV's part. Seems like CTV/Bell is keen on covering their rears. Kinda hard to make a respected journalist look bad when they are against a big money grabbing corporation.
  21. Its just gets better https://twitter.com/SimonOstler/status/1560638457629868032
  22. The Lisa LaFlamme firing saga continues now CTV is "launching an investigation"
  23. I wonder if any of the other Network anchors are looking vulnerable since Lisa is a free agent. I would imagine that GLOBAL might want to bolster their news product. I cant see Lisa ever dealing with Bell/CTV ever again. Bell/CTV did ruin CHUM back in the day, ruining literally every channel they touched. PLus how they ripped the heart out of CP24/CItyNews. That was messy and sad. But I just wonder if Rogers is looking hard at her. You know they want to build up Citytv into a true national operation. It would be massive step down for Lisa, but a huge get for City. But Citytv has been a disaster for a while now in Rogers hands. Especially their news operation. Its totally not the same anymore. Too bad that they cant re-work the originally CityNews ethos and style for a new era. Not a fan of what they're doing now. Late 80-90s were defo City's strongest creative period. I wonder what a well designed City-style National newscast would look like.
  24. CTV - Lisa LaFLamme is out at CTV. Massive news at CTV as the lead female anchor's contract was not renewed. Sounds like CTV didnt want to pay to keep their main anchor and the let her go! WOW! And they framed it as her leaving. Not that they let her go because they didnt want to pay or something like that. I wonder where she will go. This sounds messy exit WOW!! https://twitter.com/LisaLaFlamme_/status...kJXGMmxV6Q https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/lisa-lafla...-1.6027895 List was one of the female news anchors in Canada which now introduces a man to the main big network anchor chairs. From the Toronto Star Quote:Long-time news anchor and journalist Lisa LaFlamme is speaking out after what she called a “sudden” decision by Bell Media to end her contract with CTV National News. “On June 29, I was informed that Bell Media made a ‘business decision’ to end my contract, bringing to a sudden close my long career with CTV News,” said LaFlamme in a video posted on social media Monday afternoon. “Recognizing changing viewer habits, CTV recently advised LaFlamme that it had made the business decision to move its acclaimed news show, CTV NATIONAL NEWS, and the role of its Chief News Anchor in a different direction,” reads a press release from Bell Media. LaFlamme covered some of the most important stories during her tenure with the company, including the war in Afghanistan, federal elections, natural disasters, the global pandemic and most recently the papal visit in Canada. LaFlamme said she is leaving in a manner “that is not my choice.” This is a developing story. More to come. THey quickly replaced her with Omar Sachendina as the Chief Correspondent. WHOA! https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/omar-sache...-1.6027906 I wonder if this will be City News oppourtunity to grab her and building a national news cast around her. She helmed CTV National News in the #1 for years. So Citytv and Rogers might be licking their chops to grab her.
  25. I've always found WGN's storm coverage to be abysmal. They have all those meterologists and they do such a poor job. Even when they are covering it. I find it really lacking in so many ways. Half the time it was just the warning boxes on the screen and nothing. You couldnt see the roads, the cities or even where the storm was. They arent very good for actual storm coverage considering they have one of the largest weather teams in the City, its like they have no plan on how to cover it. Especially when you compare it to other cities that are doing storm coverage in other markets it find it appalling.
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