This is why I keep saying the original 1958 economic model of having federally licensed local multiple broadcast stations, particularly one each affiliated with national networks, is a model that in most DMA's should have died during the past decade and most certainly should die this decade.
Call a reporter at the CBS television station here, and it might be an anchor for the NBC station who calls back. Or it might be the news director who runs both stations’ news operations.
...The same kind of sharing takes place in dozens of other cities, from Burlington, Vt., where the Fox and ABC stations sometimes share anchors, to Honolulu, where the NBC and CBS stations broadcast the same morning show. The changes have drawn the ire of critics, who charge that there are fewer and fewer journalists actually covering local news. The agreements behind this sharing are also attracting the attention of another group of viewers - federal regulators.
...The Federal Communications Commission does not know how many agreements exist between stations, making it impossible to judge their effects. But Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman, indicated last week that the commission was beginning to study the issue. "It’s something we’re taking a close look at the F.C.C." he said. He sounded especially curious about what he called behind-the-scenes cooperation between stations that collaboratively sell ads and negotiate contracts with distributors.
Right now there are agreements in at least 83 of the nation’s 210 television markets.