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  1. The new set debuts at 4pm today, and it is the KCAL set.
    9 points
  2. Former anchor Jeff Vaughn is suing CBS, citing “anti-white discrimination”
    9 points
  3. This fandom is so out of touch with real life if you're judging a news set to be a dud because it doesn't have all the bells and whistles and zooming graphics like the Fucking WSVN Newsplex. It's always, always, always fucking style over substance.
    8 points
  4. WTMJ got the "KDKA desk" brand new a few years ago, so perhaps it's just popular within the company. I wouldn't be surprised if that set order was paired back with the "neighborhood news" initiative. The studio looks huge. I will hold my judgement until we see more, but at the end of the day, so what if the set is more "minimalist"? The whole "neighborhood news" initiative is supposed to get talent out of the studio, invalidating the need for the massive sets with 1000 video screens (that consultants, set designers, and bloggers love to claim are for "storytelling", but how much "storytelling" is happening when a reporter is standing in place, fronting a package with a "BODY IN A BOX" graphic behind them?)
    7 points
  5. Live from the Inner Ring of Dante's Inferno..."Local 10 News" from the Center of Hell"...
    6 points
  6. The new slogan is based on what people say when watching—“For the love of Chicago, turn it to channel 7!”
    6 points
  7. Time to sunset the 2023-24 syndication thread and talk about the 2024-25 season here (new shows, station scheduling changes, etc.)
    5 points
  8. Not a surprise at all. That 2 was an appendage that needed to go and the new logo—with the Chicago flag stars—is more Chicago-y than any other Chicago station.
    5 points
  9. If "Larry Ellison's Trust Fund Kid" has a name–and he does–he should be referred to by his name here. No need to describe him by a sophomoric moniker. Just sayin'...
    5 points
  10. They're unsalable because, with a few exceptions, they mostly show reruns, terrible reality shows, or reruns of terrible reality shows. Also, I would think most teenagers don't watch linear TV these days... Don't forget about the digital multiplex channels such as MTV2, MTV Live, MTV Classic, etc. Surprisingly, MTV Classic actually shows music videos...but I bet more people watch those on YouTube.
    5 points
  11. The surrealness seeing CNN simulcast on Fox!
    5 points
  12. Several are top 10 markets including N.Y., LA and Boston. Along with WPIX that’s a large amount of stations Nexstar would need divest to buy them and stay under the cap when FCC scrutiny is already a factor. Good luck with that.
    5 points
  13. A short video on the reno.. https://nebraska.tv/news/local/behind-the-scenes-a-look-at-the-work-behind-ntvs-studio-renovation
    4 points
  14. Over on WGN's side, one thing that stuck me is that on multiple occasions, Micah had to step in and re-focus the discussion, especially as it pertains to "What areas are currently under a warning, and the threat is imminent? What areas has the leading line of storms already cleared, and thus the warnings have been lifted?" This seems like something the meteorologists should be able to do on their own, but on several occasions, I found myself happy that Micah interrupted to get this pertinent information out to the viewers.
    4 points
  15. The Brant-Pete combo has easily become the best 1-2 punch in town, in severe weather, but that obviously has a shelf life. The remainder of 5's team either needs to get it together and get better, or they're gonna be in big trouble. I definitely agreed about the wonky nature of WGN's presentation. Without Skilling, that style loses its charm. At 2, Yeomans is GOOD. Been very impressed with him, so far. ZERO chemistry across WFLD's team makes it a hard watch. Of who was on-air, last night, 7's team (Cheryl, Larry & Phil) is the most established, and it shows. Good back-and-forth, covering the talking points quite well.
    4 points
  16. Is any of this even worth documenting? Nah
    4 points
  17. Now can they go ahead and remove her and Jason's bios from the website, or did they lay off the one person who knew how to do that?
    4 points
  18. Going back to the streetside studio almost didn't happen AFTER being announced a couple years ago. Lyons prematurely announced moving back to the streetside studio BEFORE getting any permission or approval from bosses above. They actually didn't want the station to do it but eventually gave in to her demand. Also, initial plans for the set were different. The station had their own plans for their own set design customized for the space. The original design included a bunch of "moveable" pieces (similar to the original 2008 set) for a more versatile set with a variety of different uses. That set was rejected from bosses above and the station was told they would be approved for the standard (KCAL) set so a scaled down version was created to fit the space. I believe the interview set is remaining up in the other studio for the time being as it may still be used. Although, I think they moved all the cameras over from that studio. Lyons HATES the music package and that's why they're barely touching any cuts from it. Was told she actually likes the previous 2008 music package but they're not able to go back to it.
    4 points
  19. I wouldn't be surprised if KYW is the next O&O to fully shed the channel number from its branding. The Eye-3 logo is really only vestige of it left as they don't mention 3 at all verbally. Everything is "CBS Philadelphia" and "CBS News Philadelphia". They might as well just finish peeling off the band-aid already.
    4 points
  20. About the studio lighting, I think there is a reason alot of stations have dropped street side studios, its really hard to control lighting. Lighting is just as important or even more than camera quality. WLS I believe has huge screens to block out light, you can tell when they aren’t in use it’s not great. It probably wasn’t as big as a problem when everything was in SD.
    4 points
  21. Special microphone at the desk to interact with the people watching outside... Interesting touch!
    4 points
  22. The time brokerage between the two stations started in 1994, and the terms of the TBA, while not allowable today, are grandfathered by the FCC because it was established before the federal government put new rules for the operation of TBAs/LMAs/etc. The transfer of WBBH from Waterman to Hearst included assigning the existing WZVN time brokerage agreement to Hearst.
    4 points
  23. AM radio needs to be more accessible for what Griffin is doing. A simple, inexpensive AM receiver is infinitely more valuable than trying to stream breaking information during a severe weather or other emergency. Less margin of error when things go down. I wish the industry would stop putting on the garbage it does on AM radio. Make it useful instead of trying to be profitable.
    4 points
  24. This is part of a larger corporate mandate by Tegna. All Tegna stations (with the exceptions of their largest markets or those they deem as having "legacy branding") are required to start this initiative by mid-July. No exceptions. All weather branding will be [station] Weather Impact. Yes, it's a direct copy of Hearst, Sinclair, Gray, Nexstar...with "alert day" branding for impactful weather events. Why they decided this needed to be done now and so many years after competing companies is bizarre to me, but what consultants say to do is what gets done. That said, every station has their own say in what exactly constitutes a "weather impact alert day."
    4 points
  25. I give them credit for trying something new. Is the red a bit harsh? Sure. The Dante's Inferno comment made me laugh. But in an era when most stations are swimming in a sea of similarity, I think it is excellent that Local 10 is branching out. The set will also evolve. How they use that LED wall in week 1 will probably look different than week 101. So while it isn't my personal favorite, I applaud their creative thinking.
    3 points
  26. The novelty of main anchors being on sunday for a major historical event is certainly worth a note. Keeping talk of other stations in their respective threads is a fair call. BUT To be fair, Now Bergen asked where CBS's main anchors were which drew comparisons to other stations for a context based response to their answer.
    3 points
  27. WFAA assisted KHOU (both being Tegna stations) during/after Hurricane Harvey. KHOU's proximity to Buffalo Bayou resulted in massive flooding and eventual relocation to an office complex on Houston's west side. In the interim, WFAA provided control room and other connecting functions (KUHT, Houston's PBS station, had studio space for KHOU to use for local newscasts).
    3 points
  28. WSVN is a station atypical of the norm, in every way possible. That's all that needs to be said. That they are a solid #2 among English-language outlets in Miami—in spite of the lack of any synergy opportunities or not being in any larger chain—speaks to how well they read the market and shaped it in a way to also be heavily atypical of the norm. You don't have to be a cheerleader of the station to realize that.
    3 points
  29. A lot of stations get a clean feed, and since it was during local time (Deco Drive), WSVN preferred to do that and stick with it rather than an awkward rejoin of the network at 8. In network time, stations can do what they want, and it wasn't a 'red alert' event requiring taking the network feed. I've seen a lot of stations do it before because they prefer both to make their own calls and not to be left in the lurch if the network doesn't cover it.
    3 points
  30. Griffin Media drops their all sports radio 1170 The Blitz and replaced it with News on 6 Now which airs live newscast from CBS and CW shows and replays other news stories when News on 6 isn’t on air for a live newscast. Breaking News and Severe Weather Coverage will also air on KOTV-AM the flip happened this morning. All I know is the ratings for The Blitz wasn’t doing well and that is part of the reason for the change. This is the first time since the digital switch that KOTV is on the radio prior to the HD and digital switch they were on 87.7FM in Tulsa.
    3 points
  31. I feel like you're ignoring the movie and TV libraries Paramount owns - which would be the real attraction. But a Big Tech firm being interested in that would undermine a key principle of the Streaming Wars™: that content is interchangeable and ultimately disposable.
    3 points
  32. That window shot is so cool. For all of their woes, WBBM has done great with this and their last CBS mandated set. What they did to the 2008 set at the end was criminal.
    3 points
  33. The new set has launched, and CBS 2 News is officially history. It is indeed now CBS News Chicago.
    3 points
  34. Tegna owns dozens of stations. We don't need posts when every station makes the change. Lest we forget...
    3 points
  35. On a positive note, the new set is expected to premiere Monday July 8th.
    3 points
  36. Good KOTV deserves it I’ll be keeping my eye on it here in Tulsa.
    3 points
  37. Hot off their Stanley Cup victory, the Florida Panthers will now air on WSFL and WHDT, with a Fort Myers affiliate to be named: https://www.nhl.com/panthers/news/florida-panthers-scripps-sports-partner-on-multi-year-agreement-to-air-national-hockey-league-team-s-games
    3 points
  38. GrayONE is around the corner for WIFR as they have adopted a WKYT-style logo.
    3 points
  39. Honestly, having Sam back so much has been my issue with the show. Without weather, he just becomes the show's (second) mascot, the comic relief and chuckling idiot in the background. He still has great chemistry, but the purpose for his presence is non-existent. And while I love Robin, her vacation time is insane. She must be on the Jimmy Kimmel PTO plan.
    3 points
  40. At least KOTV-AM is a 50KW clear channel. That's very nice to have since their potential audience is many times larger than their TV footprint at night. Great for severe weather coverage.
    3 points
  41. The set is set? However it is, tonight's presidential debate on CNN, the first in American history to not be sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates as well as the first to be held this early is underway and will take place in Atlanta, at Techwood. It will also be carried by other networks, though CNN has put in place strict rules for this simulcast such as for the commercial breaks. Also it's sort of a full circle moment, as for the debate, the network is broadcasting from the garden of Techwood, right outside the building Ted Turner originally built for the network. The set.
    3 points
  42. CBS dumped MyNet from WBFS and WSBK three years ago, so it's an all-indie roster at this point (outside the oddball Start TV low-power in Indy). I just don't see Nexstar giving up on WPIX at all and having to rebuild WLNY from the ground up (and the ramifications for NewsNation would mean it would have to be at an HC2 price to be believable). WKBD going back to the CW and some NX rural sticks being sold off would make a whole lot more logical sense for Detroit so Kevin can get his HC2 money and fly off into the sunset. And the only way KCAL gets sold off really is years down the line when 3.0 is standardized and they can fit its schedule onto a KCBS sub; it's just too insulated into that LA operation to really be spun off with the WBFS and WPSGs here.
    3 points
  43. So, this brings up a very good question: Unless there's a significant local angle, why on Earth would individual stations even bother sending anyone to an event instead of taking whatever packages their networks and/or station groups make available? For example, I would think that only stations in the teams' main and secondary markets would be sending anyone to the Super Bowl. For the Olympics, it'd depend on whether or not your station's market has multiple local athletes who are competing (or one or two high-profile athletes), then yes, definitely send someone. For the political conventions and debates? Only if the presumptive nominees are from your state (though that doesn't really apply this year).
    3 points
  44. It's a day that rivals only Christmas -- the WBNX fall schedule is out! https://www.wbnx.com/fall-schedule New: Flip Side, Abishola, True Crime News Gone: King of Queens, at least I think that's it from weekdays.
    3 points
  45. The Miami TV market is a more serious news market compared to Denver and even though the newsplex idea is a little bit over the top and other news outlets copied it, that is what made WSVN unique and the quality of the journalism there is what makes it the news leader in South Florida. As for KMGH, they have been doing the neighborhood news thing and Scripps has been cutting costs lately so it doesn’t really matter if the set is small or not.
    3 points
  46. Tallahassee is about as backwoods as a state capital can be, especially for Florida. Sinclair could have capitalized on that, but they didn't. Instead, you have WCTV and whatever's left of WTXL when Scripps stops stripping it (and their sister stations) for parts. Meanwhile, the less media, the better for all of the state politicians who bow down to Lord DeSantis and his regime over Florida.
    3 points
  47. I don't know about the Chicago market specifically, though I'd be fascinated to know what their security situation is there. When I was in Chicago a few months ago, I was shocked to see a WBBM live truck with full station branding on the exterior. Where I am, all of our live trucks are unmarked, and without going into too much detail, we take pretty extensive measures to ensure crew safety in the field. While live-for-the-sake-of-live definitely still happens, we try not to do it. Usually, if one of our reporters is live somewhere for the late shows, it's because that's where their story was. It often makes sense for the crew to stay on the scene, finish their story, do the live shot, and then drive back rather than rush back to the station and slam something together to make slot. A lot of stations are also just putting fewer resources into their late news and assigning fewer reporters to it. It used to be that the 10/11p news were many stations' bread and butter, but late news viewership is falling the fastest out of any daypart.
    3 points
  48. WLS does 2, 3, or even 4 (as news warrants), at 10. Similar count at WMAQ, from what I've seen.
    3 points
  49. Probably because it's very pointless these days more than anything? Unless it's a breaking story or the aftermath of a meeting during primetime you can't possibly rush back to the studio for, 'live at 10' when you can get out your phone and post to the socials straight off well before 10 is more exciting. A live shot in a dark police parking lot you had to burn fuel to get to in a lean time for TV news for 'scenery' just feels pointless. Yes, safety definitely has a lot to do with it (though I'd argue the suburbs are much worse with domestic violence stories), but when everyone has already saw everything hours before, 'welp that happened' live shots feel like a waste of everyone's time, including the journalists and the viewers.
    3 points
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