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  1. Like a couple others who posted on this thread, I'm not a big fan of flat design. But to me, it is Microsoft who pushed this trend of flat design. How many websites don't look flat at this point? Clearly not as many as there once were, but there are still some. Wikipedia (the desktop site, not the mobile site) does not use flat design. What are some other examples of major companies still not using flat design on their websites? I wish flat design isn't as common as it is right now, but it is and it probably will only get more common.
  2. Sinclair is not in a position to actually succeed with buying any stations. But TEGNA and Scripps are so hungry right now that maybe at some point they'll be mega groups like Sinclair, Nexstar, and Gray are. If I only had TEGNA, Scripps, Sinclair, and Nexstar as options, I'll take Scripps. Scripps may be lost at this point but at least they're not as lost as the other three (especially Sinclair and Nexstar).
  3. Well, here I come! Scripps and Gannettegna are becoming more and more like Sinclair and Nexstar. Buying stations only for reach, ego, and de-localization of content. A shadow of what Scripps and Gannett were in the 2000s when they were among the better owners. At this point, I completely question the rumors of WCNC being sold. The purchase of stations by Scripps is their biggest since buying Journal. The purchase of stations by Gannettegna is their biggest since they bought Belo and London. And we have some stations going from one Deathstar to the other. And one more thing: after Nexstar sells KASW to Scripps, there will be only one mega group having a presence here in Arizona: Gray.
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    Only days before the Disney/Fox merger will have been completed. I'm not a big fan of the font (Lato). What other station groups use that font? Could Fox launch new graphics based on this website design?
  6. Semi-related, but don't you agree that Gannett/TEGNA has gone downhill lately? How are they right now in comparison to Sinclair, Nexstar, and Gray? Could TEGNA go away like RKO General did? Someone on another thread said that Gannett wasn't better at one point than TEGNA is now and that TEGNA is now trying to continue to be profitable and stay afloat. Really? TEGNA may be trying, but they (at least to me) seem to be trying too hard to cater to a new audience. They are a company that seems to be trying to cater to Wall Street, which usually isn't a good thing. Usually, publicly traded companies that don't try to cater to Wall Street are better at delivering products and services than those that do cater to Wall Street. Some TEGNA employees don't even like the company's current business practices. And you should look at all the well-known talent that has left their stations, replaced by younger, cheaper people. It is clear to me that TEGNA certainly isn't as great as Gannett once was. It is sad when you go from being one of the better station groups, to a company that thinking too hard about catering to millennials. And certain TEGNA stations, of course, have more "trending" stories, that really are not news, than competitors. Considering Scripps has gone downhill over the last several years, even Scripps stations have less "trending" stories.
  7. Semi-related, but how is Nexstar right now? On another thread, someone said Nexstar has gotten way, way better lately and is now better than even TEGNA and Scripps. Really? They are a huge mega group that had lots of layoffs and took away cell phones and credit cards from employees. Not to mention not-so-great looking logos that in certain cases replace superior-looking logos. They cut so costs so much that to me, at least, TEGNA and Scripps in their current forms are better. Let's not even get started on what happened at WHTM lately that made an already bad station even worse.
  8. It doesn't make sense to advertise a golf course in Alabama in places like Wisconsin. It's just something Raycom/Gray forced stations to do. Who flies from Wisconsin to Alabama to play golf? Is Gray really one of the "bad" station groups or have they have seen better days (considering they have so many #1 and #2 stations)? I see them as a poorly run company, but maybe at one point they were well run.
  9. Seems like Scripps is treating KGUN like a bastard stepchild even though they are next to KNXV. I'm always waiting for KGUN to completely get the Scripps graphics and Inergy. I've been waiting since before KIVI got them.
  10. KING contracted TEGN*itis? Really? As of the February 2019 sweeps period, KING is still #1 due to them having the best winter storm coverage. But I agree that Sinclair has ruined KOMO. At least the Deathstar is still better than that evil mega group. It's sad to see that so many companies have gone downhill lately. Scripps, Gannettegna, and even Sinclair (as bad as they already were); as well as companies outside the broadcasting industry like Kroger, Whole Foods, KFC, Pizza Hut, JCPenney, Target, Walgreens, Carl's Jr./Hardee's, and possibly Apple, IBM, and HP. Not to mention the Gannett newspaper operations. The CBS network has also gone downhill lately. All of those companies both inside and outside the broadcasting industry were better in 2007 and 2008. The stations Cox owns right now will be screwed up by Terrier thanks to Apollo's plans to cut costs. Has Gray seen better days? They're about as bad as Nexstar right now, yet many of their stations are strong. I have an example of a station that drove themselves up in the ratings: WGCL. Lately WGCL has been getting better with their new news director, Mark Applewhite, who made WOIO better and allowed the station to be competitive from 2002-2015. TEGN*itis at WXIA also benefitted WGCL.
  11. I'm also looking at you, TEGNA. And Tronc. If it wasn't WSOC going downhill WBTV must be getting way better. But I'm not a big fan of Gray.
  12. Really? If so, it would be funny that Nexstar is way, way better now than they used to be despite their massive size which continues to grow. Nexstar probably has a lot of money due to its size, and they could be taking advantage of it. Was Gray ever well run? So many of their stations are #1 or #2. How are the radio mega groups (iHeart, Cumulus, and Entercom) right now? My biggest complaint about those 3 companies is size. iHeart is so concentrated, they are even more concentrated than Sinclair, Nexstar (even after buying Tribune), and orange juice. But no matter how you look at it, Sinclair is really, really bad. I prefer Nexstar and Gray no matter how much regard I hold for those companies.
  13. I hope Nexstar and Gray go away like RKO General did, as well. We have 3 mega groups. We have Sinclair and Nexstar, of course, but we also now have Gray as a mega group. We know how bad Sinclair and Nexstar are, and Gray is also about as bad as Nexstar. And at this point (and this may be even more sad than it already is), Gannettegna and Scripps may also end up going the RKO General route. Both once-great companies that went downhill and are now "ripe" for sale.
  14. I know Hearst is private. Cox had to make changes but at least they didn't try too hard and they are also still well run. TEGNA and Scripps, as I've said, are trying too hard. Meredith, the networks, etc. are better than TEGNA and Scripps right now. They are trying hard, but not too hard. As for ratings, the Phoenix market (where we live) is not a market in which ratings haven't been posted lately, but I'd say KNXV (despite Scripps ownership) and KSAZ are at the top, while KPNX is at the bottom (unlike where they once were when they were a very dominant #1) due to TEGNA-itis. Tucson is another market in which ratings haven't been posted (at least lately) but I'd say KOLD is #1 there (at least in the past they were #1; maybe they still are).
  15. I'd say 2008. I had to do a language arts assignment at school yesterday that had to do with journalism. It showed that sometime in early 1999, 68% of adults watched local news. However, 2011 was the year when Sinclair's massive buying spree started and also (at least to me) when Scripps' golden age ended. And 2014 was the year when Gannett's golden age ended (at least to me). But then again Hearst, Graham, and for that matter, Dispatch, are well run and among the closest examples today to local news as it used to be. They are profitable and can continue to exist although they had to make some changes due to the new ways people get their local news that are there. TEGNA and Scripps may be trying too hard to continue to exist and be profitable. Both companies, despite the fact that they continue to want to buy more stations, seem to be ripe for sale now. Besides, about 2 years ago Nexstar was reportedly interested in buying TEGNA. Publicly traded companies that do not try to appeal to Wall Street (like Graham) are more successful at delivering products, services, etc. than those that do. TEGNA and Scripps may be companies that are trying to appeal to Wall Street (which usually isn't a great thing).
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