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Conrad

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  1. When there isn't much in the way of actual news, TEGNA's style of news is a gimmick. If I were TEGNA and I wanted something different, I'd use a public radio-style format. As far as Belo goes, yes they were one of the best. Don't believe me? Look at the track record of WFAA and WWL under Belo's ownership. WWL was once CBS's strongest affiliate (that's why Viacom was interested in buying the station in 2005, shortly before Katrina), and WFAA's newscasts have once been recognized as among the best in the U.S., alongside other stations such as Hearst (at the time Hearst-Argyle)'s WCVB and WBAL.
  2. If TEGNA was serious about improving, this show would've been scrapped during development. It can be now even more sad to think that this used to be a Belo station. TEGNA will continue to get worse as time goes on. It doesn't matter what they say or whether or not Joel Cheatwood is there. Maybe after Dave Lougee leaves, things might get better. (I wrote this before Weeters' post.)
  3. TEGNA lied and I'm not surprised. TEGNA, I will be happy if you undo the Gannett-Belo merger. KGW was historically a Belo station, and Belo was one of the best owners in existence. You can't be better than Belo, Cox (pre-Apollo) or Hearst.
  4. Knowing Hearst, the fact that it's STILL not in HD is not too surprising. Does WTAE carry it?
  5. I agree; so much for "Keeping It Local". Nexstar is now national, so no matter where you are in the U.S., you're in Nexstar territory whether you like it or not.
  6. Apologies for going off topic. It seems like GateHouse/Gannett is the Sinclair or the Nexstar of the newspaper industry. Buying up whatever newspapers they can find, and destroying them. I'm sorry to see GateHouse buy Gannett. Even if the Gannett newspapers were already shells of what they were pre-split.
  7. WQED had (has?) Pittsburgh magazine. It's been around for many years. KQED once published San Francisco magazine. I think they sold the magazine in 1996 or so. And WHAS recently launched an original podcast in 2019. Podcasts are really becoming the new thing these days, with even Home Depot and Trader Joe's doing it. 10 years ago it was hard to imagine a retailer doing a podcast. Podcasts find themselves attracting younger people, and perhaps this is one of the ways to better attract people to local television newscasts.
  8. One of many things Hearst does right. Although I do wonder if their standards have been slipping as of late, given KMBC's decline in the past 5 years and the fact that Hearst lately has been forcing its stations to air must-runs. Hearst will be the best major owner going forward, now that Cox Media Group is 80% owned by a private equity firm, and private equity firms have always been all about money. Lately many prviate companies have been purchased by private equity firms. This is sad.
  9. I pretty much agree with what you have said. I also forgot to mention that, as everyone knows, Belo was one of the best station owners out there. They were right up there with Cox and Hearst and better than even Gannett. Unfortunately, Belo is mostly gone except for that little A. H. Belo company that still happens to own two North Texas newspapers, and Cox Media Group is now 80% owned by private equity (and is likely to get worse soon). That leaves us with just Hearst out of the three.
  10. Gannett/TEGNA's decline started before Cheatwood came in. Trust me here. It started in 2014 when they decided to launch Atlanta Alive on WXIA. By early 2015 KPNX started to become, to quote Samantha, "the place with more fluff". Those two stations fell victim to TEGNA-itis before the split even was completed. I agree, even without Cheatwood I'm not sure if TEGNA will get better, especially considering that this is a company where you never know what actually is going to happen. There's a chance they'll continue on the current path of underachieving. As you know, Gannett Broadcasting used to be a good owner of TV stations. Gannett/TEGNA is a shell of its former self these days, and it's rather likely that it won't change.
  11. Did WLWT use talent opens in the camera era? I have not seen any video evidence. I know they did in the ring era, and when they used the last pre-Hearst graphics from 1997-1998. Also there's nothing I've seen on YouTube of anything from WXII from the camera era save for a 2000 open. I want to see WXII stuff from 2001, 2002, 2003 or 2004 (pre-ring graphics). YouTube also has virtually nothing I've seen to do with WLWT that is from 2003-2007. I want to see their later camera-era (2003-2004) stuff. YouTube also doesn't have (much of) anything from KCRA in 2005 or 2006 that I know of. They also don't have much content from WDSU from 2003-2008, and no content from KOCO in 2004-2007. Oh, and I forgot to mention WLKY got the ring graphics in spring 2005.
  12. I looked at the WayBack Machine, and thanks to it we bring you some dates for when each of these stations introduced the ring graphics: WESH: September 2004 WBAL: between October and December 2004 WCVB: February 2005 WTAE, WISN, KOCO: April 2005 KCRA, KETV: Spring 2005 WDSU: Mid-2005
  13. Looks like no reply yet, but I would like to add: WCVB received updated "floating logo" opens in 2009 and 2011. However I would like to know exact dates in those years. Also, when was the "#" added in front of "WCVB" in their diagrid bug? And when in 2003 was WCVB's slogan changed from "Coverage You Can Count On" to "Local Live Coverage You Can Count On"? Side note: Interesting that KCCI used both Image News and B Package/Revolution at the same time. I wonder if they used one or both for closes. Also, did WDSU use talent opens during the camera/B Package era, and did KOAT use talent opens between 1999 and 2004? I know they did late in the camera era in 2004, when they were using the NMC music package and weird opens for Hearst-Argyle at the time.
  14. To refer to the top of your post, don't forget about Scripps also having a station in Fort Myers. To refer to the bottom, ABC would also love to have WFAA.
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