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Well, say it ain't so! FTVLive posted this: Katie Kim, weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter, is leaving soon. Robert Feder has also affirmed this, adding that her last day is August 16. Katie is moving back to SoCal to be closer to family. There are open spots in LA, such as at KABC, so....who knows what might happen? 

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29 minutes ago, Roadrunner said:

Well, say it ain't so! FTVLive posted this: Katie Kim, weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter, is leaving soon. Robert Feder has also affirmed this, adding that her last day is August 16. Katie is moving back to SoCal to be closer to family. There are open spots in LA, such as at KABC, so....who knows what might happen? 

She seemed nice. But I wasnt a fan of her anchoring style. She, like many of the new anchors at NBC5 dont have gravitas.  And there is a strange over enunciation to each word that I find grating. Not a fan of Patrick Fazio. He seems nice. There is something light and breezy and but not serious about the way he presents.  I'll take a Bill Kurtis or Carol Marin style any day.

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Andy’s bio is missing. Could his retirement be imminent???

 

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3 hours ago, jase said:

Andy’s bio is missing

I know Web Archive isn't always 100%, but it shows that even on January 14, Andy's bio has been missing for quite some time.

His bio can still be found online (I know it doesn't really mean anything since bios don't really disappear from the internet), but he is still tweeting out weather updates, so it doesn't seem like anything abnormal yet...?

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Michelle Relerford just posted on facebook that she is the new morning anchor Monday-Friday from 4-5am starting in August.  She will then do top story updates from 5-7am. Feder also provided more information on the change and to the weekend teams. 

 

I'm very curious why they moved Alex to weekends to solo anchor and have Zoraida anchor solo weekday mornings. I know Michele will be there but it seems like shes just providing top story updates, not co-anchoring. 

 

Interesting moves at NBC 5. 

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So, they'll basically only have co-anchored shows on Sunday mornings, and at 4, 5, 6 & 10pm. I've heard that more layoffs are coming to NBC properties, so perhaps this redistribution will lighten the blow, as Katie resigned and Dick passed.

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Wow, never thought I'd see them go with a solo-anchored weekday morning newscast. I always figured that would be a thing that could only be seen at WBBM. 

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24 minutes ago, Spring Rubber said:

Wow, never thought I'd see them go with a solo-anchored weekday morning newscast. I always figured that would be a thing that could only be seen at WBBM. 


Unless pay cuts are also tied together with this, none of these moves make much sense. Why demote Alex??? If they wanted to introduce solo-anchored formats/newscasts, they could have easily done it without so much upheaval.

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6 hours ago, jase said:


Unless pay cuts are also tied together with this, none of these moves make much sense. Why demote Alex??? If they wanted to introduce solo-anchored formats/newscasts, they could have easily done it without so much upheaval.

There's gotta be some funny business going on, because otherwise, it makes no sense to have Michelle only be a "news update" anchor of the 5am-7am block rather than a full anchor of the full three hours. There must be some issue where they don't want to pay whatever salary comes with being named anchor of the 5am-7am portion of the show.

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Something interesting I noticed on the 11AM news today... WMAQ played an excerpt of the Today show today, and the Today Show ticker text and time "pops" up. It "deactivates" seamlessly when they cut back to the anchor. (Pay attention to the ticker part in the video below...)

 

This ticker is definitely not previously recorded - as implied by the time and the ticker text layer is above the Look N ticker graphic. I think it's generated automatically by their studio systems...

 

The question is how does stations like WMAQ (and possibly other O&O stations?) handle the Today ticker text? I know some stations generate the text manually by the studio director. In this video it seems it's automatically handled by their control room systems... Do they have some particular software to detect something like the "color" in a particular screen region, hence when detected it activates the ticker text? It's just something I've been curious all day long... Maybe someone here can have better assumptions.😳

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On 9/24/2020 at 1:25 PM, ref1997 said:

Something interesting I noticed on the 11AM news today... WMAQ played an excerpt of the Today show today, and the Today Show ticker text and time "pops" up. It "deactivates" seamlessly when they cut back to the anchor. (Pay attention to the ticker part in the video below...)

 

This ticker is definitely not previously recorded - as implied by the time and the ticker text layer is above the Look N ticker graphic. I think it's generated automatically by their studio systems...

 

The question is how does stations like WMAQ (and possibly other O&O stations?) handle the Today ticker text? I know some stations generate the text manually by the studio director. In this video it seems it's automatically handled by their control room systems... Do they have some particular software to detect something like the "color" in a particular screen region, hence when detected it activates the ticker text? It's just something I've been curious all day long... Maybe someone here can have better assumptions.😳

That’s a interesting video.  I assume they must of recorded a clean feed before it went through master control.  NBC has a piece of hardware called NameDropper HD (CBS uses the same hardware but it’s known as LIDIA) that’s used to insert logos during primetime, TOTH legal IDs and the crawl/time/temp during the Today Show.  All the commands for Today is triggered by a watermark in the feed which is likely why it was triggered during the clip.  However I am slightly confused why it would have the ticker covered by the Look N ticker but the time/temp ontop of the LookN ticker. 

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2 hours ago, rkolsen said:

That’s a interesting video.  I assume they must of recorded a clean feed before it went through master control.  NBC has a piece of hardware called NameDropper HD (CBS uses the same hardware but it’s known as LIDIA) that’s used to insert logos during primetime, TOTH legal IDs and the crawl/time/temp during the Today Show.  All the commands for Today is triggered by a watermark in the feed which is likely why it was triggered during the clip.  However I am slightly confused why it would have the ticker covered by the Look N ticker but the time/temp ontop of the LookN ticker. 

The ticker text is above the Look N ticker. If you look at it on a different angle, you can see it. I have to tilt my monitor upwards to see the distinction.

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