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  1. In Portland, at least, Hearst moved extended impeachment coverage from MeTV to H&I. Looks like it's still MeTV in other markets.
  2. To be clear, it's the extended coverage that's causing MeTV programming to be preempted.
  3. Hearst stations here in New England are bumping impeachment coverage to their METV subchannels; they're getting roasted online by viewers expecting to see their favorite sitcoms. It appears to be a corporate mandate. Hey, aren't must-runs supposed to be, like, bad?
  4. That was my reaction too. Nice to look at but the content is still meh. I can't imagine many switchers just because they have fancy new digs.
  5. I tried Dark Mode but found that navigation became much more sluggish. That could just be my ancient laptop's fault.
  6. I assume as well that it's a matter of KTVT having the infrastructure in place to do newscasts for other stations. Years ago, before WGME did a 7PM weekday general purpose newscast, they ran a half-hour politics-themed newscast in the weeks leading up to the election. Not sure what the ratings were, but they sure vacuumed up a boatload of political ad dollars in that time slot. I wonder if that might be more of an ideal focus for this CBS venture if the goal is what everyone thinks it is. What I'm thinking is, have the originating station focus on national politics (the presidential race, balance of power in the Senate etc.) the have the MMJs focus on local and statewide races along with some local color on the presidential. Sure beats doing stand-ups at the scene of structure fires and drive-by shootings.
  7. Nexstar needs to reconsider its decision to pull out of NewsON. Gray has put their stations on, although it's been a bumpy road for them. Then again, as noted before Nexstar doesn't even live stream its newscasts on many statons.
  8. iHeart has already been through bankruptcy court. John Malone is trying to buy them but is facing stiff regulatory opposition. Frankly I don't see how he would be any worse than the jokers who own them now.
  9. A substantial number of jobs got eliminated today at the radio behemoth including massive air talent layoffs. The carnage is so extensive that all air talent references have been removed from iHeart Radio websites. https://radioinsight.com/headlines/183270/ongoing-list-of-those-affected-by-iheartmedia-cuts/
  10. A year after being sidelined when she sustained a traumatic brain injury in a fall, legendary WGME anchor Kim Block is stepping aside. She was with the station nearly 40 years. https://wgme.com/news/local/a-statement-from-cbs-13s-kim-block-to-you https://wgme.com/news/local/a-look-back-at-kim-blocks-40-year-legacy-in-maine
  11. It might help the A block, but I suspect that Welker will be sucked in the web of fluff that dominates morning television.
  12. Well, that sucks. We lost local media coverage in Maine when Al Diamon mothballed his Media Mutt column years ago, so I know firsthand how it feels to lose this vital service. It's not like anyone else is waiting in the wings to take over this beat.
  13. WMTW expanded its weekday 12PM newscast to an hour today; WCSH and WGME remain at a half-hour. Previously WMTW aired a rerun of Access Hollywood in the 12:30PM time slot.
  14. Weekday morning co-anchor David Charns is the second WMTW veteran to exit this week https://www.wmtw.com/article/wmtw-says-goodbye-to-david-charns-maine/30388262
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