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In Canada, you would have seen a red emergency alert screen as soon as it was issued. Canadian networks never do this kind of coverage to begin with, and even if they do, they still have to immediately and officially pass all alerts specifically designated for broadcast. They can't pick and choose, or pass things via the news departments instead.

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15 hours ago, T.L. Hughes said:

To show how long it took for KXAS to even provide coverage of the tornado, the YT channel Random News Footage composed a six-minute timelapse of the programming on KDFW, KXAS, WFAA and KTVT during the period between the issuance of the tornado warning at 9:00pm until KXAS began their third cut-in of the warning timeframe at 9:24:

 

Also of note, as basically referenced by KTVT meteorologist Jeff Ray in footage of their storm coverage on StormSpotterMike's channel, KTVT took quite a bit of time to provide tornado coverage over its airwaves. As Ray mentions, they continued offering only a Facebook Live stream of the storm coverage for about 8-10 minutes after the warning was issued (with KTVT airing the first act of that night's episode of Madam Secretary for about thirteen minutes after the first reports of the tornado having touched down near Love Field were made), and elected to commence television coverage on KTXA first, before throwing coverage onto KTVT, instead of starting a simulcast of coverage on KTVT and KTXA at the same time.

 

At least WFAA was on the ball Sunday night as they were quick to get on the air and stay on it (along with KDFW).  KTVT was late and less active, which was problematic for a situation with a confirmed large tornado on the ground (would be okay if it was radar indicated), but KXAS definitely took a huge reputation hit there.

 

My letter grades of the coverage:

 

KDFW: A

KTVT: C-

KXAS: F

WFAA: A-

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I'm still wondering why KTVT got a pass here. They dropped the ball just as badly as KXAS, in my opinion.

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After looking at the above video, it’s interesting that KTVT isn’t really getting any criticism. A long delay in getting on the air on Channel 11. Facebook and your little-watched sister station don’t count in a situation like this one. 

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15 minutes ago, Greggo said:

After looking at the above video, it’s interesting that KTVT isn’t really getting any criticism. A long delay in getting on the air on Channel 11. Facebook and your little-watched sister station don’t count in a situation like this one. 

If KXAS & KTVT want to provide any excuses, they can say that they're Fort Worth stations and focus on the western side of the market.

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As always, CBS programming moves to KTXA (CBS 11's Sister Station) because of severe weather coverage so that they won't miss their favorite shows.

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I am definitely surprised that KTVT is not receiving as much criticism for the time they took to break into the programming, especially considering the circumstances involved in this situation. At least they stayed on once they finally did break in unlike what is a complete failure in my book by KXAS. In my view severe weather, especially as severe as it was Sunday night, should always override whatever is on the affiliate at the time. I hope lessons are learned from this.

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I didn't realize that KTVT also dropped the ball. Have they also released an explanation as to what happened? My theory is that KXAS opted to stick with a division rivalry game for the hometown team. Not an excuse at all but that at least explains what the hell they were thinking.

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8 hours ago, Morphtato said:

I am definitely surprised that KTVT is not receiving as much criticism for the time they took to break into the programming, especially considering the circumstances involved in this situation. At least they stayed on once they finally did break in unlike what is a complete failure in my book by KXAS. In my view severe weather, especially as severe as it was Sunday night, should always override whatever is on the affiliate at the time. I hope lessons are learned from this.

 

It may be that they weren't as bad in relative comparison, but yeah they should be getting criticism too.

 

For all our anger at Tegna, at least they were on top of things here.

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I look at this situation this way ..

 

Madam Secretary is in its last season and under an aggravating situation where any NFL thing earlier in the day throws off its entire schedule for the night, whether it be a bump of a new episode to next week or to a 9:48pm start. It was airing on time for once at 9pm, and KTVT wanted to see if the tornado developed before going forward because the viewers of that show already get enough aggravation from CBS's scheduling as it is. They went forward when it was clear it was time to jump to live coverage and could argue to viewers 'we tried to air it but it just wasn't going to work out'. They made up for it by staying on late into the night, at least.

 

Meanwhile, KDFW's 9pm news was only delayed by one minute and they rightfully bumped right into weather at 9:01...while The Rookie is a dog on ABC's schedule, and WFAA probably felt 100% confident 'it'll be on Hulu the next day' would work on that show's viewers (Madam doesn't really have that choice due to CBS All Access).

 

KXAS of course was 100% dumb, and even dumber when you see their only acknowledgement was a 'go to our website/Facebook' message...nobody was going to be pissed because their show on Cozi was being pre-empted by football! Redirect people to 5.2/whatever cable positions it's on instead of the clumsy NBC local streaming player.

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The question I have is if what the score was for the Cowboys-Eagles game around 9pm. If it was looking like a blowout (which it was), KXAS should've went to weather fully or at least attempted a split-screen on 5.1.

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8 hours ago, MorningNews said:

I didn't realize that KTVT also dropped the ball. Have they also released an explanation as to what happened? My theory is that KXAS opted to stick with a division rivalry game for the hometown team. Not an excuse at all but that at least explains what the hell they were thinking.

 

Rick Mitchell was the chief at KOCO when I was in OKC and breaking into programming when needed was without question...so the smell here's coming from up on high, I have a feeling.

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16 hours ago, NEOMatrix said:

The question I have is if what the score was for the Cowboys-Eagles game around 9pm. If it was looking like a blowout (which it was), KXAS should've went to weather fully or at least attempted a split-screen on 5.1.

I'd also be curious to see what the viewership figures around the city were. Many people I know here simply turned away from KXAS to any other station in town providing information. I'm sure NFL still dominated but it seems like most people were more interested in finding news about the storm than the football game.

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4 minutes ago, MorningNews said:

I'd also be curious to see what the viewership figures around the city were. Many people I know here simply turned away from KXAS to any other station in town providing information. I'm sure NFL still dominated but it seems like most people were more interested in finding news about the storm than the football game.

It was 27-7 Cowboys by the time the tornado warnng came out, so I'd imagine a lot of people might've been turning away already. So a pox to KXAS for keeping with the game. Again, if KXAS went split-screen or moved it to 5.2, it would've been better what happened.

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12 hours ago, MorningNews said:

I'd also be curious to see what the viewership figures around the city were. Many people I know here simply turned away from KXAS to any other station in town providing information. I'm sure NFL still dominated but it seems like most people were more interested in finding news about the storm than the football game.

KXAS had almost 1.5 million viewers for the game. By comparison, at 9, around when the storm hit, KDFW had just over 200,000 viewers.  

 

https://unclebarky.com/dfw_files/fe4c87f456f6f63c884d5cacf479db32-4482.html

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Former WFAA health reporter Janet St. James was interviewed on the Facebook video podcast "Morning After with Ron & Alexa" recently (Ron and Alexa are Ron Corning and Alexa Conomos, themselves former WFAA anchors).  St. James now has metastatic breast cancer, diagnosed after taking a back-office position with a local Dallas hospital.  She had worked at WFAA for 19 years.  St. James is remarkably open and positive, despite her prognosis.

 

Of course, my very best to Janet and her family.

 

https://www.facebook.com/100000005091243/posts/2909584935718314/

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Here in Columbus, WCMH anchor Colleen Marshall gave an update on her coanchor Mike Jackson who has been recovering from a stroke suffered 10 months ago. Sadly, he has a long path ahead of him to full recovery. 

 

Best to Mike Jackson and his family. 

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WJET/WFXP in Erie has named longtime weekend anchor David Belmondo as their new morning anchor.  He replaces Traci Teudhope who left a few months ago to work at Erie's PBS affiliate, WQLN.

I've noticed that WJET/WFXP seems to have a recruitment issue compared to locally owned WICU/WSEE. WICU/WSEE seems to have no issues recruiting good reporters. I have a feeling they pay a lot better so that might be why. They have not had any anchor changes in a while, however, over the summer they did move one of their morning anchors to the midday news (had a job posting for new morning anchor) only to move her back in the fall. I don't know if they didn't get anyone good, but they also got a new news director over the summer...

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1 minute ago, DirtyHarry said:

Rob Braun shilling for a local bank. maybe he can do what his dad did and take over the commercials for the Craftmatic Adjustable Bed.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/10/22/what-rob-braun-doing-heritage-bank-tv-personality-opens-up-new-role-outside-tv-news/2452071001/

 

 

Funny you bring that up (and not just because that happens to be my channel )😉

 

Not sure if this is a downgrade or lateral move for Rob.

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Many of "Cleveland's Own" have jumped on the gravy train of endorsements ever since they left the anchor desk....Tim Taylor, Wilma Smith, Connie Dieken, Jim Mueller and many others....

 

Some have been around so long they were allowed to endorse things alongside their news duties.  Don Webster shilled for a bunch of things (since he was a weatherman and hosted Upbeat in the 60s) and even Dick Goddard did some car commercials in the Canton area in the 90s that only aired on WOAC-TV when they were a Canton independent station....

 

In Don & Dick's case, weather people weren't considered "news talent" back in the day, and got away with stuff like that, and so did many others across the country....

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