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  1. Apparently, much of the cast and crew didn't see it coming either. I want to see the raw data, the numbers. Part of me thinks NBC was looking for an excuse to get the show off the network, and finally found a justification valid enough for them to spin. But, I've read that DOOL executive producer Ken Corday say that the move may have saved the show in the long run. I don't see the wisdom in that, considering that many viewers will be left behind.
  2. My take is this: I've been a DOOL fan since 1987, though I haven't really watched much in recent years because of real life (and my local NBC station moving it to 12 noon a few years ago). But remember when NBC took its last original soap, Passions off the network and moved it to DirecTV? It remained on five days a week, then was reduced to three days a week before it ended completely about a year after the move. And let's not forget about the short-lived web revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live after ABC killed those programs. And that was in a world before streaming. Days of Our Lives is an expensive program to produce. I would expect some of the longer-tenured cast members (Deidre Hall, Alison Sweeney, Drake Hogestyn, Josh Taylor, etc.) are the highest paid. I don't think the ad revenues will be the same with streaming-only as opposed to broadcast. If budgets get reduced, expect a purge of cast and creative staff. I see the show surviving in this form no more than three years.
  3. I felt as this news deserved its own thread. NBC announced yesterday (8/3) that original episodes of its longest-running scripted series and lone remaining soap opera will move exclusively to the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service. The sands in the hourglass will run out for the last time on NBC's broadcast affiliates on Sept. 9. The following Monday (9/12) NBC News will take over the Days of Our Lives hour with NBC News Daily, which will also be streamed over Peacock and NBC News Now.
  4. For purposes of historical accuracy, I think it's important to state in this thread the reasons why WCMH-TV and WHIZ-TV co-exist as overlapping NBC affiliates, and why Zanesville maintains its own DMA. WCMH went on the air in 1949 as WLWC, the second link in Crosley/Avco's regional network of stations. After the FCC reorganized the VHF allotments in 1952, WLWC was moved from channel 3 to 4. With the potential of huge overlap between WLWC, WLWT and WLWD (WDTN), the FCC told Crosley that the three stations had to transmit from short towers. WHIZ-TV signed-on from Zanesville in 1953, and filled a gap in NBC coverage, partially due to WLWC's signal shortfalls on the eastern edge of the Columbus market. Fast-forward to 1976, when Avco breaks up its tv holdings and sells WLWC to Outlet. No more grandfathered protection with Cincinnati and Dayton. Soon after Outlet took over, WCMH-TV more than doubled the height on its original tower, which was located at the studio building on Olentangy River Road. Then in the early 1980s, the station moves a few miles south to the taller candelabra tower built behind the WBNS-TV plant on Twin Rivers Drive. Channel 4 now covers the entire Columbus market and is viewable clearly in Zanesville. WHIZ-TV, meanwhile, barely makes it to the border of Franklin and Licking counties -- which was probably intentional. If they went to the max with both ERP and tower height after their own move from channel 50 to channel 18 in 1955, WHIZ would have gotten into Columbus pretty easily. Instead, their smaller signal protected WLWC and kept their focus on Zanesville and Muskingum County. So the way I see it, the primary purpose of WHIZ's continued relationship with NBC is now redundant. It would make logistical sense to fold Zanesville into the Columbus market at this point, but I can also understand the arguments against doing so.
  5. That may be so, but Marquee is a small fish in a large pond. If NBC and Nexstar wants it, it's in the bag.
  6. That was always my thought, except it probably should have been done some 15 to 20 years ago. On analog, WHIZ-TV on channel 18 was non-existent in Columbus. I have been going there for the last 30+ years and I have never been able to catch that station with a watchable signal, either pre- or post DTV transition. They would have to boost power/tower height, relocate the tower, and/or change the community of license if they want OTA coverage in the capital city. Getting on Spectrum, Dish and DirecTV is another story. Programming-wise? Columbus may now be Ohio's largest municipality in terms of population, and is now the state's second-largest TV market (after Cleveland). But I'm not sure if there is enough of audience or enough available quality programming for a new independent. Going with a news-intensive format like WDVM (former NBC affil WHAG-TV) in Hagerstown would be risky but it's an option. And WSYX or WBNS-TV will put up a fight if Marquee attempts to add the other networks on a WHIZ sub, as neither want to lose their Zanesville audiences. I would hate to see a legacy station like WHIZ-TV lose their network and then get turned into a wasteland for subchannels and/or informercials on 18.1 (see WMGM or KENV after each lost NBC). There was barely room for two indies in the late '80s when WTTE was still a quasi-indie during Fox's early days and Chillicothe-based WWHO (then WWAT) used a low-power translator on channel 17 to get its programming into Columbus. And just to prove my CBUS street cred is legit, I can recall watching W08BV in the late '80s and early '90s with its mix of syndicated shows, movies, and MuchMusic imported from Canada. Too bad they were an LPTV.
  7. The WHIZ Media Group, long controlled by the Littick family of Zanesville, has sold one of Ohio's last family-owned television outlets. NBC affiliate WHIZ-TV and its associated radio stations are going to Salisbury MD-based Marquee Broadcasting, which owns WMDT in their home market. The big takeaway is what becomes of that relationship with NBC when the latest contract expires...will WCMH-TV try to claim exclusivity for NBC in all of central Ohio?
  8. True also spent time in the Albuquerque market, starting with KOB-TV in the late 1970s. (He is featured in this newscast air check from April 1980.) True was fired from KOB-TV in the summer of '80, apparently on a suggestion of a consulting firm, but resurfaced at KGGM-TV (KRQE) and stayed there until the end of 1987.
  9. I haven't seen anything official about either of these shows having been canceled. Could this have been an April Fool's joke?
  10. Roland Martin broke it down best, on the reasons why BNC failed. And he's right on all points.
  11. WRGB was the only TV station GE birthed. KOA-TV and it's radio counterparts were acquired in 1968, IIRC.
  12. You mean FIVE stations: KSL (AM), KSL-FM and KSL-TV, along with two other FMs in SLC.
  13. Let's be real, Ion isn't a real network.
  14. WSVI lost their ABC affiliation several years ago and is essentially an independent station. For a station that small, and in an area where advertising dollars aren't huge, it probably made little sense for them to maintain a news operation.
  15. Black News Channel, the first all-news cable channel targeted to viewers of color, and staffed nearly exclusively by journalists of color suspended its operations yesterday (Mar. 25) after just over two years on the air. BNC reached a high water mark this past week when it's coverage of the Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson confirmation hearings gave the channel its highest viewership numbers ever. But that was too little, too late to save the operation from the financial issues that crippled it from the start, and especially in the first two months of this year. In January, BNC announced staff reductions. And yesterday's closure announcement was prefaced with the revelation of an internal email informing employees that payroll wouldn't be met this week. To that end, BNC's main moneyman Shad Khan (owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars) promised to pay staffers' salaries through the end of the month. But he's apparently done investing more of his billions into the money-losing operation. No mention of the shutdown was made on-air last night on the channel's last live shows. What happens to BNC on-air is unknown at this point, but it's certain to be going away sooner rather than later. Roland Martin, and Scott Jones at FTVLive have chronicling this story in-depth.
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