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  1. Thanks for your insight. I’m sure many of the people working at those stations are taking your advice as we speak. It wouldn’t surprise me if Coastal has enough of a notorious reputation for people to know that it’s time to haul ass for the exit asap if they’re buying your station. It’s a shame that the sale to Forum didn’t go through. It may not have been ideal for FCC regulators, but given how the big affiliate owners use brazen loopholes to own multiple big four affiliates in much bigger markets (including Gray in Fargo itself), I think it’s ridiculous that the FCC thinks a group like Coastal serves the public interest better than a group like Forum.
  2. Not just the Rangers. As per that article, Bally intends to walk away from MLB entirely after 2024. Of course, there are also major implications for MLB teams themselves. The loss of RSN money will likely impact payroll (see: the Twins).
  3. It’s been discussed extensively here in the past, but I don’t think the branding shift was designed to “move the needle” as much as it was designed to promote the local streaming services. I really wish there were more reliable sources for ratings than that creep Rich Lieberman, but even if he’s right…at least the station hasn’t tanked, I guess. Pittsburgh is always competitive, and the ratings race for the 25-54 demo is extremely close. I’m sure there are other factors as to why KDKA is down at 6pm, though I wouldn’t be familiar with what those are.
  4. I’m don’t work at a station, just a casual viewer. IMO, the graphics look sharp and are a massive improvement over what they replaced. My one criticism is that the L3s (especially the logo bug) take up a large chunk of the screen at all times, and a constant headline ticker isn’t really necessary most of the time. Otherwise, I’ve got no issues with them. However, the music is really, *really* repetitive and dull, and it’s already become stale imo. I was hoping there would be more cuts of “Dimensional”, but it’s a really limited music package.
  5. But it is partially indicative on the state of local TV imo. Scripps is cost-cutting too, and Nexstar pays their employees horribly enough already. Granted, neither of those companies are doing anything as drastic as Sinclair, but I worry that this won’t be a Sinclair-only problem in the future.
  6. This is the kind of thing most people wouldn’t have even cared about if there weren’t predatory outlets that drew attention to it. I don’t understand the tabloid fixation with this kind of stuff; if Strahan is dealing w/ something in private, leave him alone and give him a break.
  7. I’ve noticed it too. I haven’t seen the ESPN broadcast, nor do I have the time or the desire to comb through it and compare, but I assume that they’re censoring language that can’t be aired on ABC. But you’d think they’d be able to do what CBS and Fox do and mute only the field mics instead of the entire broadcast.
  8. “Despite all my rage, I am still snorting coke in the cage.” (IYKYK)
  9. Quite a lot, actually. The History Channel barely covers history, and NewsNation barely covers the news.
  10. This is definitely one of the local news stories of all time. I think it’s safe to say they’ve toned things down quite a lot since then, but damn, WSVN cynically chased after sensationalist stories back then.
  11. The thing that irks me about that is that the set it replaced was only 3(!) years old, and (at least imo), looked newer and more polished. It’s one thing if they were replacing a 10-20 year old set, but to throw away a perfectly functional set after only 3 years? What a waste. KDVR didn’t need to replace their set; they needed to replace the (metaphorical) revolving door of talent.
  12. I wouldn’t say that. Times Square is a destination in and of itself, and Lincoln Square is home to both the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center. It sucks that those areas are both losing a longtime presence, but it also makes sense for Disney/ABC to have all their NY operations under one roof.
  13. No worries. The fact that they and the Padres had that contingency plan ready in short order is an example of good foresight on the part of MLB. My guess is that if Bally drops more clubs, they’ll most likely go this route.
  14. They already have. There’s no rule that suggests that they *have* to be on an OTA channel. https://www.mlb.com/dbacks/schedule/programming
  15. I hate to be that guy, but it’s “Abrams” and “WCBS.” Still though, very cool find.
  16. Outside of Atlanta, they already have.
  17. They completely changed out the booth too. I guess Fenway wanted to bring in their own people.
  18. He’s fantastic; probably one of the best reporters WABC has going for them. I could be wrong, but I think he’s full time now.
  19. Interesting. I guess I never realized how much of a common practice editorializing always was at WABC. That clip of John Johnson is a very good example of that. YMMV on how much of a good thing that is, but I agree that it certainly adds a spice (for lack of a better word) to their newscasts that the competing stations don’t have. No wonder a character like Bill Bonds did so well at WXYZ with the same format; his newscasts were basically “Eyewitness News” on steroids (newscast titles notwithstanding).
  20. To be fair, if that format is only for the 4:30am half hour, that’s not the worst thing in the world; many stations are dropping the 4:30 entirely anyway. That said, a lot of those MMJ-heavy newscasts look really amateur and unpolished on a lot of the smaller stations that have adopted them. WTXL, for instance, is rough to watch, and their whole product gives off the impression that they’ve thrown in the towel. Still, though, at least they aren’t pulling local news entirely, and they’re still providing a public service, even if it doesn’t look very presentable.
  21. Welcome aboard. Just so you know, much of this was already discussed here. This all relates to Scripps’ new overall strategy for their small market stations. Anchor positions are being eliminated, and except for weather segments, most of those newscasts are pre-recorded, w/ segments from MMJs and Scripps News. KATC is the latest station to implement this strategy.
  22. I’m pretty sure the show’s syndicated (source: the show’s website). He may not be working for PIX proper, but it still counts in my book. https://positivelyamericatv.com
  23. Oh I believe you; I’m just saying that if I had to guess, that was the logic behind launching this morning.
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