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TheRob

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  1. By my rough count, we would have to reassign around three more people to achieve that digital-first mantra. We already have a lot of people who are titled "multi-platform" and report to the digital content manager. I could see it being difficult for those mid-market stations that produce a lot of news, but don't have the resources to devote to a lot of web content. Personally I would start at ten percent and maybe assign a different reporter each day to be the "digital reporter of the day."
  2. WTHR has been a longtime ratings leader in Indianapolis, but they've been cutting back in recent years too. Good news for the competition...
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    The New York Post (I know, I know) reported today that Tongen thought he had Lewy body dementia. Only his doctor would know for sure.
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    TV companies are gradually coming after the managers after years of cutting talent salaries. Make one general manager run two or three stations. Give the ND a new title and double the duties. Gray recently "promoted" a few news directors to be general managers, even though those people will continue to be their station's news directors. Meredith added "station manager" titles to a few sales directors and news directors recently.
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    The sales staff visits the newsroom:
  6. I'm not a fan of the skyline shot being used in the early evening, which is when I see their news. Something's off about the color, in my opinion. Otherwise, it's a good upgrade, but more could have been done with the space (i.e. interview set).
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    "You're free, news director. Go on now. Get."
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    KSHB'S news director is leaving.
  9. Here come the layoffs. https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2019/5/6/breaking-cnn-to-to-cut-bodies
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    I remember a time when KCTV had no sports, or outsourced sports. Now they're throwing resources into a nightly sports show on KSMO.
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    I'm not sure what's happening at KTVI, but KPLR hasn't had any 12:00 newscast rundowns in the system this week. The aircheck recordings are blank. I assume KTVI's 11:00 news is just straight-up re-run on KPLR right now (the two were mostly the same anyway). I don't see evidence of anything else airing in its place.
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    I doubt Missouri has ever seriously entertained the idea of selling KOMU. That journalism program attracts students from all over the central U.S., students who are willing to pay out-of-state tuition to be a part of that professional network. Even KBIA expanded to a second radio station (bought from Stephens College). As hostile as Missouri's legislature is to education in general, I think they view the Mizzou journalism program with pride. --------------- At least they got some cake on the way out the door. "Good luck." (I have no idea why my two posts were merged)
  13. No, NPG is not in the radio business. Eagle Communications owns the St. Joseph radio market, essentially.
  14. NPG intends to buy KQTV... somehow. https://www.kq2.com/content/news/News-Press--Gazette-Company-to-acquire-KQTV-508114491.html
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    KRCG in Jefferson City lost programming for about six hours Sunday afternoon, both over-the-air, and on cable/satellite. That outage included the NCAA Tournament games. https://sports.yahoo.com/mid-missouri-cbs-affiliates-tech-issue-prevents-elite-eight-games-from-being-aired-003055821.html
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    I'm here for the embezzlement. https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/cbs-credit-union-embezzlement-shuts-down-1203176576/
  17. Latest on Circa: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/435957-sinclair-to-shutter-general-interest-website-circa
  18. Morales remains with NBC. She'll just have a new role... somewhere.
  19. I recall Sinclair thought it could divest WPIX for $15 million. I wonder what the stipulations of the buyback option would be between Scripps and Nexstar. For a few of those smaller stations, Tegna will be an upgrade.
  20. At least Kimmel paid those bribes for admission to Southern Cal and Georgetown, unlike that one joker who needed to grease the wheels for his child's admission to USD.
  21. We won the key demo once again across pretty much every day part. KC stations showed growth almost everywhere, and I think the crummy winter had a lot to do with the eyeballs.
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