What I do think is that Wichita ABC should be free to people living in Wichita
That's what antennas are for.
Faux-reality competiton shows are just a fad, as were game shows, wrestling, and whatever.
There is no rational basis for such an assertion. As such, it is just wishful thinking, which a lot of us share with you, but just hopes all the same. Beyond that, everything is a "fad" until it isn't anymore, and reality shows are probably already beyond that point. Remember that prime time used to be littered with game shows. Today's reality shows are just an outgrowth of that. And also remember that prime time used to be littered with "variety" shows: The Jay Leno Show indicates a return of that long-well-established genre to prime time, not necessarily a fad.
The backbone of OTA TV is, and will remain, scripted shows, news, big and little sports, and the local connection to the viewer that no national network, nor DBS, can provide, and cable is too cheep to.
Working backwards, cable already fosters more significant local programming that OTA ever had, with NECN for news, NESN for sports, and Local on the 8s on the Weather Channel, not to mention PEG providing local access to broadcasting to a degree that OTA never provided. Cable is the premium source.
Moving on... there is no rational basis for your assertion about what the backbone of OTA TV is. That's wishful thinking, which I share with you, but wishful thinking doesn't make it true.
- NBC, which is to say GE, is just cheep.
On the contrary, they're responsible
. They have a fiduciary responsibility to their owners to maximize long-term ROI.