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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. 16 hours ago, mrschimpf said:

    That's the way the NFL blackout policy worked until 2015...thankfully Green Bay always sells out so we never experienced a game blackout locally, but it always sounded embarrassing that a local TV station (this always occurred in bad Vikings years and for at least a decade, for the Lions) had to buy out blocks of tickets so they wouldn't have to carry TV offal instead of their local NFL game on a Sunday afternoon.


    The main reason for the Indy blackout though is to make it an event you have to see, not just a distraction you can easily access on TV and have bars just Hoover up money with their watch parties that the track would rather have in their own pockets. This year though, you want home eyeballs live in Indy for sure on TV.


    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.

  3. 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.




    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.


  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 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.



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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 42 minutes ago, T.L. Hughes said:

    You mean a registered service mark? It does seem odd, though. Station logos usually don't have trademark or service mark (registered or not) on them, so that seems odd.


    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.

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  11. 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)



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  12. 18 hours ago, froyo49 said:

    A petition is going around demanding that Fox cancel TMZ on TV after they broke Kobe Bryant's death before the family was notified. I'm not sure why they aren't calling for WarnerMedia to cancel the show considering they're the ones who make and distribute it. I know Fox O&Os is TMZ's top station group, but there are dozens of other broadcast companies that would also have to cancel it. I guess people don't understand the nature of syndication. Also, if that were to happen, what would stop WarnerMedia from distributing it with the CW daytime, similar to Robert Irvine? 


    As of 6:20pm et, the petition has 175,000 signatures and counting. It's growing extremely rapidly, considering they reached 100k at 5pm.


    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.

  13. On 1/25/2020 at 4:20 PM, TexasTVNews said:


    You mean ViacomCBS Center. 


    CBS Tower: 12001 N Central Expy #295 in Dallas

    And KTVT/KTXA main studio: 5233 Bridge St. in Fort Worth


    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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