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  1. Earlier today I saw an FB post by Ashley Claster. She is saying that the DFW area is getting a Spectrum News 1 channel starting the middle of next month. So far I'm only finding more social media about it from her, although she claims another reporter has been hired to work with her. Her FB post shows a picture of Ashley holding a Spectrum News microphone. Her Twitter post shows a pic of Ashley holding a Spectrum News 1 cap and standing in front of the downtown Dallas skyline. I'd like to hope this is true, but her posts seem to be the only thing I'm finding about a DFW news channel launch.
  2. I don't understand why those in the font department can't quietly delete Times New Roman as part of an update of some kind. That font has needed to go away for the longest >ugh<....
  3. I remember back when KDFW was a CBS station, they'd buy up Dallas Cowboys tickets so there wouldn't be a blackout. Sometimes there was anyway; many with antennas would try to swivel them around to try to pick up KXII from Sherman, or even KLTV (back in their cherry-picking days) in Tyler.
  4. It's a nice change from the blue-and-white-in-your-face look of the main KTVT set.
  5. New D Magazine article online interviewing Perry Sook. I haven't read it yet to see if it's just fluffy or if it actually has some newsbits in it. https://www.dmagazine.com/business-economy/2020/05/d-ceos-may-2020-digital-edition-now-available/ ETA:::: Sorry, didn't realize the first link was an intro. This one takes you to it, but it's digital pages, not text (sorry again). Flip to "pages" 34-35. https://issuu.com/dceo/docs/dceo_0520
  6. Wow, mind-blowing promo. I wonder what other markets would do this. Guess it would depend on how long the virus is the story, and how cooperative local stations would feel (especially the way certain owners are or might be).
  7. I'm not sure when they started doing this, but apparently KXAS has decided to move back to their old 5am start for their morning news (with Early Today at 4:30am). I haven't heard them mention why, but I'm guessing with so many of the anchors at home, they didn't want to wake their families up at the earlier hour. Grant Johnston's weather segments were especially of the hushed-tone variety early on.
  8. Just checked, and the main page on WTHR's website shows their live link at the top of the page as the "Eyewitness News 13 Live Stream".
  9. This morning I noticed KXAS was the most-distanced I've seen since all this started. Laura Harris (co-anchor) was at home (first time I'd seen her off-set), Grant Johnston was still doing weather from home, and another first-see, Samantha Davies was doing traffic from her home. Deborah Ferguson (co-anchor) was the only one of the 4 in-studio.
  10. I would think as new as KXAS/KXTX's facilities are (it's an all-mixed-together complex that also includes NBCU regional functions and the relocated NBC News-Dallas bureau), that they could handle something like what CBS just did over the weekend (having KTVT "host" the CBS Weekend News, which even included main anchor Doug Dunbar doing the anchoring (something KTVT would likely not have been ready for when they flipped to CBS in 1995)).
  11. I turned on KXAS after getting home from work, just in time to see morning meteorologist Grant Johnston do the Today almost-top-of-hour weather update from his home. First time I've seen anyone do at-home versions since all this started (didn't realize WFAA was doing at-home anchoring till I saw the stills upthread).
  12. In this episode of As the Tegna Bidding War Turns, Trinity Broadcasting and Najafi, a Phoenix investment firm, are together offering $20/share. Nothing is said in the article about why TBN's parent is interested, unless they want to flip some of the stations to TBN in a mid-90s style Fox-New World type of deal. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/03/18/texas-broadcaster-teams-up-with-investment-firm-to.html
  13. KXAS has been doing a mixture of anchors at each end of the desk, split screening, and alternating anchors. No coming up to the main desk alongside the other anchors for sports, weather, or traffic anchors.
  14. And after all that big buildup about their show having an audience...
  15. Surely one good thing could come from this: no more C-Clarity or the other Tegna side-effects!
  16. Gray owns KLTV & KTRE (which they just got by acquiring Raycom). Tegna owns KYTX. Nexstar already owns KETK & KFXK, so they couldn't be buyers. Hard to believe the little out of the way Tyler/Longview market goes from local and/or regional owners, all the way to the big kahunas, who themselves want to tussle or at least get bigger, in a relatively short time. Of course, we don't know yet whether this will be approved or not. But amazing and interesting.
  17. *$10 billion*?!? He's either printing money, or getting other investors. His little syndie shows alone can't be making that much $$$ for him.
  18. The only mark I've seen, and it's only been recently, is when KXAS displays their (IMO unnecessary) tagline, "Texas Connects Us", underneath the title of their newscasts during each open. The mark is next to the tagline, not next to the station logo.
  19. Uh-oh, sorry, didn't think about that.
  20. Found this at a Facebook group. Years before they became Hunt Valley-ed, the news policy of KVII was actually printed in a local magazine (article is undated, I'm not sure when it could have been, but it was definitely before the end of the 1980s), from then-lead anchor/news director John McKissack. Amazing in so many ways. A station being allowed to tell all regarding newsgathering. Wouldn't happen now, especially now that KVII is a station owned by the Hunt Valley-ers. I thought posting this would be a nice refreshing look back at how most TV newsgathering likely was, and probably should be again. (Sorry if this is a wrong spot, couldn't figure out where else to post it) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2230925781/permalink/10157797475965782/?app=fbl
  21. Would be nice to know what their plans are for those stations, including KFWD.
  22. This is hardly the first time any kind of news organization has been the first bearer of bad news. And just like before, there will be some kind of mea-culpa and look of backpedaling on being so quick on stories, then after a little while, it'll sadly be business-as-usual again in newsrooms to get that story, and want to get it first.
  23. Ok, but I was using Weatherboy's naming convention, as I didn't know what he meant. I know that KTVT/KTXA's main facilities are in east Fort Worth, but I couldn't tell what he meant, if he meant some other place I wasn't familiar with, or what. And, I didn't know there might be other special names besides CBS Tower used for their local facilities, sorry.
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