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Abraham J. Simpson

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  1. It’s so interesting to me. Be they colleagues, friends or family, no matter what they’ve shared with me, or me with them, I will always respect without objection when they want to keep something private. I certainly would not presume that just because someone I watch on TV has talked about “X” that they have ceded any right to maintain privacy over “Y.” The “borders” can be wherever they need to be for each person and are free to move and change at any time. Then again, I also don’t care who you get it on with. If there’s an HR type violation, ok, whatever the consequences are, they are. I’m also not presuming anyone needs to share those details, assuming no criminality and a resulting public record. I might be moderately curious, but no one owes me anything. Life will move on just fine. Maybe I’m just an outlier.
  2. If the anchors of a midday “news” show aren’t medium famous, who is? More obsessive special interest fans aside, it’s not like they’re Hanks, Aniston or Clooney. Said in a bit of jest, of course. Seriously, however, the over focus on people’s love lives is just absurd at times.
  3. I’m not sure I see news as low effort. People do put in work to do their parts and do it well. No one I know in that space dials it in. Are there exceptions? Heck, of course. There’s not an industry where that isn’t true somewhere. But people put in the effort to present content that gets viewers in a world where viewership is ever-more fragmented. But that’s just me.
  4. I never understood the degree of hullabaloo over two consenting adults doing whatever it is they do. The issue with their spouses is among all of them, not anyone else’s business. But whatever, what’s done is done and the world goes on, ideally not hearing one more word about their love lives, wherever they ultimately go.
  5. They’ve had a pretty good group of incoming reporters of late.
  6. I’m more amazed they used their sports account handle with a straight face for the WWE announcement.
  7. Two on that same hard shift can’t be easy, but “having it all” is a mirage, regardless.
  8. Even for dear old grandmom, outside of the one thing she paid attention to, the rest didn’t matter. Did anyone (in any significant numbers) really watch (as in engaged) all day long? In the days of games and soaps, were the Price is Right fans really sticking around through four soaps or whatever it was? And look, if someone really does actively watch all day, on say NBC, is that all that different from someone watching CNN etc? Today occupies four hours but by design the 9 and 10 am hours are different. NBC News Daily is different again. The one-man band crews, yeah, that’s hard. But then again, many jobs are rough, and you push through and hopefully move on, whatever your field.
  9. They likely do, but that’s not important. This has proven to be a good, compatible option and a better fit in their lineup. If the viewers reject the newscast, then by all means, take a look at what you can do. They aren’t, at least as of today, no pun intended. Yes, stations have added local news as a trend. But repetitive isn’t an issue if, like most viewers, you’re not watching it all. I leave the house by 5 am most days, having caught some of the 4:30 newscast. It doesn’t matter if that content repeats in large part as I’m not watching. My kid typically watches just the 6:30 segment ahead of school. Doesn’t matter what they ran earlier. People by and large aren’t watching 3 hours intently. Some may have it on for hours for background noise, or the feeling of company like my grandmother did back in the day. She didn’t much know or care what most of the lineup was…other than All My Children…it was simply sound in an otherwise empty house.
  10. It’s not as if improvement in a key demo and improved content retention for your (sometimes rambunctious) affiliates are nothing. Those are wins unto themselves. And there is runway to build. Days is what it is, and you’re not going to be able to do much more with that on the broadcast network side. If they can make it work on the streaming side, more power to them. That’s a bonus.
  11. Good for NBC. This is a much better approach than sticking with Days.
  12. A good question. Doesn’t seem likely to be cost effective to return to having two in the morning. At the same time, you don’t need one to just do noon. You have two covering all the evening shows.
  13. And it’s hardly like any job anywhere is perfect, news most certainly included.
  14. Hmmm, a new meteorologist role? https://empleos.disneycareers.com/trabajo/filadelfia/wpvi-meteorologist/391/57586125536?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic
  15. Just saw that same article. And for wheat it’s worth, she was still named in the closing spiel of today’s 5 pm news. Crossing Broad got plenty. They don’t meed to stoop to invading privacy or spreading rumors.
  16. She is (or was as of Sunday) still in the opening spiel, and supposedly still is on the website. Since they have an opening without talent, and they usually move quickly to put that in place when someone is officially gone, it’s unusual, but entirely possible there’s private reasons she’s not been on.
  17. People asking questions does not require any news outlet do the same. People noticing someone is gone does not mean it’s newsworthy, particularly the often salacious way it’s portrayed. It needn’t actually spread a specific rumor to be clearly invasive. Yes, they covered the bachelorette party, because she chose to share that. She also chose to share details of her medical diagnosis some time back. We would, as a society, be better served by observing the mind-your-own-business approach.
  18. Oh my gosh yes. The mining of social media for the most insignificant issue and portraying it as a “big deal” is really a problem. I’m not even knocking the use of some social media content in the news. God knows there are moments the world is heavy enough that a cute or “bubblegum” story helps lighten the load. Even then, moderation is key. But why someone is away from their job, or if they look different, or whatever along those lines…that’s not a story. Even public figures have private lives.
  19. Honestly, posting rumormongering stories like "why is so-and-so not at work" calls into question the status of being a "legitimate" news outlet. Even as a public figure, some things are no one's business unless and until someone feels they want to share.
  20. Every generation seems to lament what those newfangled whippersnappers like. Bring back Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan. What the heck are music videos? Who wants to watch kids dance for an hour? What hasn’t changed is the audience dictates the content. What people reject goes away. And while sequels/reboots/rehashes of existing IP are by no means anything new in TV, they seem to get a disproportionate share of “there are no original ideas” when in fact there are many. Of course audiences familiar with whatever brand may gravitate toward checking it out; we’re human and like positive memories. If people stick around and enjoy the show on its own merits, great. But there’s plenty of original ideas and creative twists on older ones (Stranger Things and Wednesday from Netflix come to mind as one example of each). And all kinds of content from music to movies to TV has borrowed, some more blatantly than others, from what came before. Much of the original content from basic cable migrated to streaming as the audience did. Makes sense; follow the money. And it also follows that we’d see a big push early on for original content to give each platform an identity and a reason to pay up. That dust will settle and the investments will become more targeted into what proves to be working. The broadcast model is dying. It’s not dead and won’t be for a while, but it’s on the way. It’s going to need to rely on a changing mix of programs to wring some remaining life out of it, and rely on streaming to pick up some of the lost audience. For now, it’s sustainable with adjustments.
  21. The audience chooses what it chooses, and whether any one of us likes or detests it, that’s where we are. There is still plenty of original syndicated fare that’s not Springer or courtroom shows, but when you’re the fifth or sixth place broadcaster in a world where your audience is also watching streaming, recordings, on-demand and the like, lower cost options are what you need to not take a loss. The advertising market has splintered and continues to splinter. There’s no going back. Spending money you don’t have and will never recoup isn’t going to work.
  22. There’s a lot of wistful, rose-colored-glasses nostalgia in this thread. And perhaps a bit of “get off my lawn” as well. Trying to apply the model of broadcasting from decades ago into today’s world isn’t going to work. The audience has changed. Technology has changed. Yet the broadcasters should operate like it’s 1982? How does that work? The ecosystem is much larger, and people do not—and will not—watch content the way they once did. That’s not a bad thing; it’s the nature of the world. If you try to cling to the old ways, you’re hastening your demise.
  23. Y&R beat those shows where it didn't have an advantage in timing. It was a better show back all those decades ago. (And far more people tuned in to Days/AMC than the preceding shows). Several factors interact with each other. But here we are in 2023. It's a vestige of a bygone era with that timing, and until they at least axe B&B, there's not much else to do, realistically, until it's time to put one or both out to pasture. That's the current point--there's nothing to get a leg up on. We've left that era long behind.
  24. I think it was two things converging for NBC. Peacock needing content, heck yes. But they also had viable, if not terribly sexy, programming as an alternative from the news side of the house that would also align with their primary daytime network approach. Kind of two birds, one stone and all that.
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