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  1. Personally, I think traffic reports on television are useless and a waste of time. Traffic can change dramatically from the time you see it until the time you hit the road. Other than a major accident, road closure or detour that will shut things down for hours, TV traffic is like trying to predict tomorrow’s lottery numbers. With the proliferation of truly relevant traffic apps, the availability of constant traffic updates on New York’s multiple news radio stations, and even a SiriusXM New York traffic channel, TV traffic is nothing more than window dressing. Anybody w
  2. It is true that most TV helicopters are leased. Often, they are bundled with traffic reporting services, provided by one of the major traffic providers. The pilots and the helicopter reporters are generally officially employed by the traffic service, and not the station. They simply act as contractors. This keeps their head count off the station books, and delegates all payroll and benefit handling to the traffic company. When you tally up all the things included in the helicopter contract (helicopter, pilot, camera, reporters, insurance, maintenance, traffic service, etc.) the cost
  3. Oh boohoo. During football season you have to work an hour or two overtime, one or two nights a week. If all you want is an eight hour, no overtime day, then Jiffy Lube or CitiBank are probably hiring. Here’s an idea: the next time you see a nurse or first responder on the street or in the supermarket, stop them and tell them your horrible overtime tale of woe.
  4. A fifth isn’t necessarily out of the question. Weather is a hallmark for WABC. During severe weather, they often double team their weather people. They have found it useful to have one meteorologist work as weather producer for another during long newscast stretches like the mornings. WABC also has a history of putting weather people in the field to either do climate related stories, for community events, or during sweeps. It also isn’t out of the question that WABC and ABC could be bringing back a resource sharing agreement where WABC provides a weather person to ABC when network ne
  5. WABC has never been big on shuffling current anchors around unless there is a very good reason (such as when Diana Williams retired). The main focus there now has to be on looking ahead. Bill Ritter is close to 70, or might be there already. Whatever main anchor changes WABC makes will be with an eye to having an heir apparent on deck. Joe Torres isn’t far behind Ritter, so it isn’t likely to be him. WABC names anchors who will be around for a few decades, not just a few years.
  6. New York is too different from region to region for one statewide newscast to find traction. Upstate people hate downstate people; the (NYC) northern suburbs don’t care about anything or anyone other than Metro North; Long Islanders are too busy being stuck in traffic; and everyone hates Staten Island. I think the solution for WPIX is to move out of Midtown East, and move to Queens. Then, build a newscast and image that is New York City, other than Manhattan. Forget Manhattan news. Concentrate on the other four boroughs and their 7,000,000 residents. It’s harder to do, an
  7. Over the years, I’ve interviewed with both of these people. I’ve competed against each of them at different times, and worked with a number of their former employees. Nothing in these articles surprises me. The golf club story is an extreme, but quid pro quos are not uncommon. Unfortunately, one thing this investigation does not touch on, is the fact that these types of alleged management biases and activities are not unique. Anybody who has ever worked in a top five market has either worked for people like this, or worked across the street from them. Also, make no mistake about it. T
  8. Nexstar being a publicly traded company is somewhat irrelevant. Nexstar is so big, the NewsNation budget is just a blip in the budget. Yes, they had big launch expenses, but they came at a time when they were integrating new acquisitions into the company, and likely already making big capital purchases. And yes, they do have a significant staff. But in a company of that size, the NN staff isn’t necessarily a stand-out, especially when post-merger layoffs and attrition would have offset them. In the big picture of Nexstar, NN is a low cost, low risk venture. Relative to the rest of
  9. This kind of thing has happened before, in the long ago days of CONUS, Florida News Network, and other regional or adhoc consortiums. They are a giant pain, but only until the suits are tired of their big bad bully struts. This will last until there is one huge national breaking news story in a Nexstar market, and the networks are desperate for station video, and stations are desperate for network resources. Then they’ll all grit their teeth, come to some sort of “agreement”, and all get on with more mundane matters. Like logos and crawls.
  10. It was possibly a local or regional cable buy.
  11. For those old enough to remember it, the first day of News Nation was very similar to the first day of CNN. Like any new broadcast, it will take time to evolve. Hopefully not to the same point as the current CNN. True, it is not an MTV style in your face production. But it is not only an alternative to the chaos of the other news networks... it is an alternative to the so-called reality and game show gluts on the broadcast and entertainment networks. It’s not something I’ll likely watch every day or for the entire three hours. But like local morning newscasts, and the old CNN, it will be one I
  12. I don’t know why there seems to be surprise or mystery surrounding this “ownership change”. This was the plan from the beginning of the Tribune sale, and it was no secret. Because of the number of stations involved, Nexstar needed to divest WPIX (and others) to get FCC approval; but they didn’t want to lose it forever. That’s why the WPIX sale price at the time was pretty cheap, and why it included the buy-back option. If you go back and read the articles and analysis of the Tribune sale, this was widely expected and predicted. Some thought it would be when ownership rules were relaxed. Othe
  13. Those weather shots from outside the studio are done with a hard-wired camera, mic and IFB. Depending on the configuration of his home WiFi, it’s possible the signal in Lee’s yard isn’t strong enough. At my home, the signal inside is fine, but if I take three steps outside the back door, I drop 50%.
  14. The promo music is an adaptation of a pop song called “Still The One”, recorded in 1976 by the group “Orleans”. (Not to be confused with a very different song with the same name from Shania Twain.)

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