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Everything posted by nycnewsjunkie

  1. I mean, it’s the top market in the country; by no means is it the norm. And it’s not like those stations are hiring most of these people right out of college. People still have to slog through smaller markets with crap pay in order to get there.
  2. Also pictured: George Stephanopoulos slowly dying on the inside
  3. I was about to say, their social media person needed to go. That person wouldn’t know the difference between reporting and editorializing if it slapped em in the face.
  4. I’m glad they kept that awesome theme music.
  5. Agree with everything but the last part; if anything, it’s sensible on Sinclair’s part to just use their existing diginet as filler (at least for the time being) instead of spending a boatload on syndicated fare to essentially program a new station from the ground up (with two days notice, mind you). If anyone is to blame for this, it’s Nexstar for not being able to grab an affiliate until the 11th hour.
  6. I totally get where you’re coming from though; sorry if I sounded harsh there. It’s just that they’re not going to put more effort than they need to for a 10am newscast for precisely the reasons you mentioned.
  7. Dude, it’s just morning TV. There’s not much to analyze about any show on at 10am. It isn’t supposed to be must-see material; it’s something for doctor’s offices and people who work from home to put on in the background.
  8. In the last hours of McKinnon ownership, KUSI put out a tribute to Mike McKinnon that would make North Korean state television blush with envy.
  9. I guess it’s better than the butchered KCAL logo, but geez that looks awful. I know these stations are far from CBS’ priority, but you’d think they’d put a little bit of effort here.
  10. I mean, that “SuperStation” died in 2007, so this isn’t much of a change. They’re going from an independent that aired news and reruns to airing 2 hours of the CW per day (along with said news and reruns). Nbd imo, although it really shouldn’t have taken this long to announce this.
  11. Hallelujah Although, those big weather icons in the 7-day clash with the rest of the graphics, but I’m not complaining.
  12. Just curious, how do you know that this was a corporate decision? It’s not like they were airing national preseason football last night. To me there’s no reason they couldn’t break into programming on both channels. It happens in Oklahoma, for example, all the time. Just saying.
  13. In terms of viewership retention, it makes sense to put the J!/Wheel block on one station instead of making viewers switch between two. But one would hope they’d at least consider 6pm news on KTXA.
  14. Speaking of sharks, is the long-extinct Megalodon shark secretly lurking in the waters of the Pacific? Are marine biologists hiding something that the government doesn’t want you to know about? Hell if I know, but I’m sure we’re all just itching to find out on the next NewsNation exclusive. /s
  15. Consultants strike again. Do we have a vomit emoji reaction on here?
  16. The new set doesn’t look too bad, but I really don’t think the old one needed replacing. It still looked fine to me. I guess they wanted to maximize the use of the space and get rid of the green screen? Just a guess. The graphics are kind of a mess imo. There are some elements that look ok, and there are some elements that look as if they recycled parts of Linear Drift’s CBS O&O package. There’s no consistent color scheme either; it’s as if they couldn’t decide between turquoise/white and blue/yellow. And those intro graphics look older than the old graphics.
  17. Bumping this thread; Neeraj Khemlani is out. https://variety.com/2023/tv/news/cbs-news-neeraj-khemlani-exit-1235694556/
  18. I remember criticizing Bill Ritter for making occasional opinionated quips during newscasts. I generally prefer that opinions and commentary be labeled as such and separated from the news, but in hindsight, there are reporters and anchors who have done far worse. Otherwise, Bill’s a good anchor and he’s earned his due. Also, their quasi-tabloid style can be a bit off-putting for me at times, but it *is* reflective of the area the station serves, and if it’s still popular all these years later, I suppose there’s no reason to fix it.
  19. I’ve been harsh on WABC in the recent past too (and probably too harsh in hindsight), but it can’t be overstated that we probably wouldn’t have local news as it exists today without the Eyewitness News format. When it debuted, it must’ve been a complete shock to people who were only used to hearing TV news from a rehearsed, baritone announcer preaching it to them, or from some newsreel. In a city like NY, the format still fits like a glove IMO.
  20. Or maybe they’ll just pull news from the 10pm hour entirely and pump in some rerun.
  21. The only thing missing from this promo is a “WHOOP!” from Chris Berman.
  22. That must’ve been a hell of a lot of research on your part to track this stuff down. I get the feeling that promoting your anchor team as a bunch of people from out of town probably got a very different reaction from the one the geniuses (/s) in management had in mind. It sounds like the station was a mess before Fox entered the picture.
  23. Yeah, I definitely understand that aspect of it; that’s money better spent on the actual news product. I still can’t say I’m a big fan of Barlow though. There are plenty of free knockoff DIN fonts out there that would’ve looked better IMO. But it’s not the biggest deal in the world relative to everything else.
  24. Yeah I have no idea what the meaning of “small” is in this scenario either. I’m assuming markets 100 and below, but that’s just a guess on my part.
  25. From what I gather, they would essentially cut out the middleman of a traditional local anchor at these smaller stations, and the newsroom would be centered around reporters and MMJs. Any gaps in content could be filled by Scripps News. I think it’s a decent idea at stations like WGBA. However, if it were implemented at an outlet like MTN, which covers an entire state, it would be a massive downgrade imo. I understand why they feel the need to implement something like this at their underperforming small stations, but I would hope that this strategy doesn’t fully extend to their few small outlets that put out a high-quality, competitive product.
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