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Everything posted by Conrad

  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
  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, Gannet
  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.
  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/
  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.
  15. Does anyone know when in 2001 WCVB got the updated talent opens (I call this camera v2.5), introduced around April 2000 (right?) on KCRA. When WCVB got the talent opens the main opens at the beginning were also slightly modified. Also, when in 2004 did WCVB get the ring graphics? Maybe it was around September 1998 that camera v2 was first introduced, on WCVB of course. Right?
  16. I'm glad that it didn't actually become the new Fox logo. Had this actually been the new Fox logo, then the world will implode. Just kidding; if it actually became the new logo, I would faint, because it would be horrible and not everyone can even read what it says!
  17. Sorry to bump, but I thought I read somewhere that WPBF got the ring graphics alongside the Newsmusic Central package in 2004? Timeline of Hearst graphics: November 1995: Camera v1 (on WCVB), retired 1998 Late 1997: Camera v2 (on WISN). B Package/Revolution first appeared in fall 1998 on KOCO, and updated opens (including talent opens) were introduced on KCRA around April 2000 alongside B Package Series 3. Image News Series 5 and 6 debuted later that year on KMBC. Retired 2005/2006. 2002: WMUR/KITV Camera, retired on KITV in 2005 and replaced by Ring. On WMUR, it rec
  18. Do they have a 4am newscast? If they don't, why not add it? Oh and add a 3:30am newscast and become the first station in the US to do that. Maybe on weekdays they could end up have 9 straight hours of news only, from 3am to noon. They never stop adding on news, don't they? (or maybe not, with Nexstar's cheapness; as I typed what was before these sentences in parentheses, I forgot that WJW is no longer owned by Tribune)
  19. When did Advance/Newhouse started to decline? With all those newspapers they're buying up, GateHouse (soon to be the new and improved (not) Gannett) seems to be becoming the Sinclair of the newspaper industry. Well, I guess the Gannett name will become damaged goods because it is going to be associated with some evil driving force buying newspapers large and small and ruining them, not what it was in the past when the company that was called Gannett was a company that owned TV stations (and ran them well) as well as newspapers. Soon, you will have this ho
  20. Conrad

    The "3" Thread

    I'm not a big fan of the layout of the new graphics when used on an American TV station. I'm okay with it being used in Europe, though. Older viewers might think "are you sure this is still WKYC?" Especially after two modifications to the old logo over the years. The logo was basically used for 26 years. As with many others here, I'm also not a fan of the new logo. In typical TEGNA fashion these days, it's too bland. Semi-related, but what are the exact dates for when WKYC got each of their graphics packages? Yes, I already know or previously knew some of them. Also, th
  21. Is the TEGNA logo now appearing at the end of WATN's newscasts, is the Nexstar logo still appearing, or what?
  22. Conrad

    The "3" Thread

    WKYC would be better off using the logo used in the Troika demo video from 2018 that is similar to the current (soon-to-be-former) logo, except that the 3 is unitalicized and there is no line. But the new WKYC logo that's coming out later this month, right when the 2019-2020 television season starts, is/will be by far the worst logo I have ever seen. It just keeps getting worse and worse with every new logo coming from TEGNA. What's next, KPNX changing from 12 News to just 12 (i.e. 12 at 6)? Oh wait, they already did that with 12 Today. And WTLV had "12 at N
  23. You don't have to get used to TEGNA's style of news when there are better options. For example, in the Phoenix area why would you watch KPNX when KTVK, KNXV, and KSAZ have a better product these days? Frankly, in San Diego I would rather take the chance watching KNSD than KFMB or KGTV (Scripps' style of news these days is similar to, but not as bad as, TEGNA's). KNSD has been weak historically, but I expect them to benefit from the downfalls of KFMB and KGTV and stronger NBC ratings than a decade ago. KFMB (and WUSA, WWL, in the case of Scripps WTVF, etc.)'s current situation isn't

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