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  1. It might not be things the viewer ever sees. “Technical upgrades” could include replacing or updating cameras, robotics, lighting grid or lighting panel, etc.. Any of those can be time consuming to remove, install and test. Setting aside a weekend to do it is not unusual, since it displaces a minimum number of shows and people.
  2. All the networks have full broadcast facilities and on duty/ on call staffs in Washington. If absolutely necessary, Washington is the go-to network back-up for New York.
  3. People who thinks producers are making the decisions about whether or not to run talent opens, have no understanding of the hierarchy of a newsroom. Show opens are serious business, and their form, format and appearance are strictly the domain of the news director, creative services director and general manager. No producer in any station I’ve ever worked had unilateral power to drop, modify or replace an open. In the past, WABC has replaced the talent opens with generic stingers when: an anchor slot is open and a rotation of people are sitting in; an anchor is out on extended medical leave; a newscast is airing off the clock at an unusual time, such as after football; during continuous breaking news coverage, where a standard talent open might be inappropriate. Opens are not like teases or bumps where a producer or director can call an audible and elect to drop or change it. To station management, they are as important as the hood ornament is to a Rolls Royce owner. Whether an open is a short stinger or a fully produced talent showcase, it is the baby of those far above a producer pay grade.
  4. As those of us over a certain age will remember, this is not a new idea. Back in the days when television stations (other than a few metropolitan powerhouses) went off the air at the end of the broadcast day (usually around 1:00 AM), the national anthem was played. Then, when they signed on again (usually around 4AM), it was played again. Once stations adopted a 24 hour schedule (late 70s/ early 80s), the sign-off/ sign-on routines went away.
  5. The problem with this theory is that it ignores the fact that EWN This Morning and Bill Evans were already very popular in the morning, already funneling a significant audience to GMA. I don’t think Sam Champion will produce a significant ratings increase. Instead, and probably more importantly, he will protect the current position and help prevent a ratings slip. In this case, no significant numbers change could be viewed as a success.
  6. It’s nice to see someone preserving the minuet.
  7. OK. Let’s come in off the ledge, un-twist our panties and un-clutch our pearls... and ask an important and unpopular question. How relevant is a television traffic report in 2019? Really. Every commuter worth their salt relies on traffic apps, and there are loads of them. Even Google Maps shows traffic now. TV traffic has always been dubious, because the information ages quickly, and each report is only relevant to a select geographic area. If you live in Union County, then Long Island and Westchester traffic reports mean nothing to you. Traffic apps, which every commuter depends on, are universal, real-time and more reliable. Once in the car, every radio station has traffic reports, which are probably more reliable as well. Commuters who watch TV know that. Transit information might seem to be more relevant, but there are just as many apps for that. Also, the MTA’s own site, and all have real time information that are more comprehensive than TV traffic. While nobody has mentioned it, I’ll bet traffic and transit information were in the crawl, because it’s automated. And any major traffic event, such as the upper level of the GWB closed, an accident on the Helix, or A & D service suspended below 59th Street would likely be covered in the news blocks or by helicopter. From a business perspective, long term loss of traffic wouldn’t be a good idea, only because it would convey an idea of something missing or not caring. It’s window- dressing. But in terms of actual real time usefulness, technology has passed it by. Considering how many other things in television have changed, the way TV covers traffic hasn’t changed substantially in decades. I’ll bet most people who missed it (if any), only missed it because it’s a time reminder. Traffic is on, so it’s time to take my shower. Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that WCBS morning problems go far deeper than one day of traffic.
  8. That could indicate they prefer reliable, easily available and serviceable equipment that works and is more user friendly; or that the Tribune nightmare electronics can’t integrate into Nexstar’s systems; or that the small handful of Tribune corporate engineers who are the only ones who understand these frustrating devices are not joining the Nexstar payroll; or all of the above.
  9. Comprehensive Exhibit, Section In section VIII-A-2... The Ames market has miraculously moved itself from Iowa to Ohio! 2. Des Moines-Ames, OH In this market, NBI is the licensee of WOI-DT, Ames, Ohio (ABC) and KCWI-TV, Ames, Ohio (CW). A Tribune subsidiary is the licensee of WHO-DT (NBC). Both WOI-DT and WHO- DT are currently Top Four stations in the market. In order to comply with the Duopoly Rule, the applicants must divest one of the Top Four stations. An application to divest one such station will be filed as soon as divestiture plans are finalized. Also, Section VII-A-8 seems to suggest that in Indianapolis, Nexstar would keep the Tribune stations and divest WISH & WNDY. 8. Indianapolis, IN In this market, NBI is the licensee of WISH-TV, Indianapolis, Indiana (CW) and WNDY- TV, Marion, Indiana (MyNet). A Tribune subsidiary is the licensee of WXIN(DT), Indianapolis, Indiana (FOX), WTTV(DT), Bloomington, Indiana (CBS), and WTTK(DT), Kokomo, Indiana.61 Neither WISH-TV nor WNDY-TV are Top Four stations in the market, while both WXIN(DT) and WTTV(DT) are among the Top Four stations in the market. In order to comply with the Duopoly Rule, applicants must divest certain stations in this market. The Top Four Showing in Exhibit 20 to the application for transfer of control of the licensee of WXIN(DT) and WTTV(DT) demonstrates that allowing the continued common ownership of those two stations following the Merger would serve the public interest. If NBI is permitted to acquire both WXIN(DT) and WTTV(DT), then it will divest the other two stations owned in the market. Applications to divest stations sufficient to comply with the Duopoly Rule will be filed as soon as divestiture plans are finalized. (Bold highlight by me.)
  10. Sorry, but this makes no sense. No station owner is going to turn away ads because they also own a competing business. May I remind you: NBC and all its owned stations carry advertising for Disney parks and Disney movies. ABC and all its owned stations carry ads for Universal parks and movies. ABC, CBS and NBC all sell ads for Fox movies. All networks and stations carry ads for cable networks, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. When RCA, and then GE owned NBC, you better believe they sold ads for Whirlpool, Westinghouse and Sony. And the list goes on.
  11. I think a little clarity about Washington/Hagerstown, and WDCA and WDVM is in order. Hagerstown, Maryland is 70 miles from Washington. It is a community of about 40,000 people. WDVM (formerly WHAG) is, in every way, a small market station. Suggesting it could cover Washington or supply a newscast for DC is unrealistic. When the station launched 40-some years ago, it was an NBC affiliate in a region that had no other stations. Western Maryland had cable decades before the rest of the country had ever heard of cable, bringing in a few DC and Baltimore stations. WHAG was the first regional station, and still, if you lived beyond the Hagerstown city line, you needed cable to see it. When WHAG launched, the Hagerstown market was in the Glendive, Montana neighborhood of the market list. If I remember correctly, Hagerstown was absorbed into the DC market, primarily to force cable companies in the western counties of Maryland and nearby counties in Pennsylvania and Virginia to carry it in addition to, or instead of WRC out of Washington. Other than that, there is absolutely nothing that justifies Hagerstown being in the DC market. Now that WDVM is an independent, that’s even more true. There doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason to still consider Hagerstown part of the DC market, other than it probably boosts ad rates. Nexstar might want to divest either WDCA or WDVM. But there isn’t really a good reason they couldn’t keep this “duopoly”, and there’s even less reason why it should be considered one. And, if Nexstar wants a newscast on WDCA, they’d be better off having their Richmond station produce it for them.
  12. Is there any way to get rid of the floating Facebook and Twitter link buttons on the right side (iPad)? They’re very annoying, and all they do is open the same page in a new tab. Thank you.
  13. If you have some time, I suggest you Google Disney’s annual report for 2017, and wade through it to find the figures for media networks and broadcasting. In 2017, Disney media networks made nearly 7 Billion dollars in profit on revenues of 23 Billion. That’s about a 30% profit ratio. And while it was down 11% from 2016 (which was a gargantuan election year), it is still twice the bottom line profit of the theme parks. The television station group profit accounted for 1.2 Billion of that. So, how is it television isn’t making Disney money? The fact that Disney isn’t buying more stations doesn’t mean they don’t care about television. It means, as a company, diversification is paying off enormously well. The stations are doing their part, and there are other things the company wants to do as well. And there are plenty of examples in the industry of broadcast groups that expanded for the hell of it, and wound up killing a good thing. Often, NOT expanding is the most profitable decision. One final thought: Disney is not a television broadcasting company like Tegna or Sinclair. Disney is not a media company like Hearst or Cox. Disney is an entertainment company, where broadcasting is one of its business groups, and not its only enterprise.
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