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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, May 29, 2012.

  1. phrelin

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    From a NY Times article today headlined You Can Change the Channel, but Local News Is the Same:
    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.

    Right now there are agreements in at least 83 of the nation’s 210 television markets.
     
  2. RunnerFL

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    Our local NBC affiliate handles the news for our local FOX affiliate. They even advertise each other's news casts.

    Up until about a year about it was handled by the CBS affiliate.
     
  3. fluffybear

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    KCAL and KCBS have been sharing news staff long before I left Southern California (and that was 2003). A friend of mine who worked or KCAL for a number of years said the reporters were told to hold the microphone with a slight angle in order that 9 and 2 showed (9 was one side A & C while 2 was on B & D).
     
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    The NBC affiliate here handles the news for the MY Network affiliate (WATL 36) and has no qualms about airing the "11 Alive News"
     
  5. Galaxie6411

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    Denver has been doing it for several years with the Fox and CW channel, they share anchors, helicopter (think all 5 of them share the 1 heli) and advertise for the other channel for original programming.
     
  6. trainman

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    "Original 1958"? Did you mean 1926? That's when there was first such a thing as a Federally licensed local broadcast station that affiliated with a national network (that's when the first network, NBC, began operations).

    What type of model do you suggest replacing the current system with?
     
  7. phrelin

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    I think the broadcast TV economic model wasn't firmly in place until about 1958.

    IMHO we are at the point where the national networks should simply be national cable channels, perhaps fed separately for each time zone. That would put them in competition with the other national channels - cable channels - both for advertising and retransmission fees.

    That wouldn't preclude local broadcast stations having affiliations for those who watch OTA, but those broadcast stations need to compete through their own efforts not grab my dime through cable/satellite retrans fees. In most DMA's with the effective use of subchannels, only three to four licensees would ever be needed.

    Oh, and the dozen or so PBS stations we have here in the Bay Area DMA.:rolleyes:
     
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    You see that in markets where for example the ABC and the NBC stations are owned by the same company. Why pay for 2 different news teams and just share the one. It really sucks up in Jacksonville Fl as the ABC and NBC is one news team and the FOX and CBS is the other News team. So if it was not for independent Channel 4 then Jville would only have 2 local news teams. What a shame.....
     
  9. Earl Bonovich

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    When Comcast Purchased NBC (or got majority share)....
    It took a few months, but now our Local NBC News, basically got rid of their sports department.

    It is now handled by the staff of the Comcast Sports Net (NBC Sports station).
    They are the anchors and the story people as well.
     
  10. RunnerFL

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    Our local NBC affiliate got rid of their sports department too. They now use ESPN.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    NBC in the SF Bay Area calls their people Comcast Sports- or is it Xfinity sports now? But it seemed that at least initially, they were the same people. I will pay better attention tonight.
     
  12. trainman

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    Not sure what's so magical about 1958 -- the economic model really has been pretty much the same since the networks began operating in the late 1920s. (In fact, many aspects of U.S. television broadcasting can be traced back to then, from the concept of the "station break" consisting of local commercials during network programming, to the concept of "8:00 Eastern and Pacific/7:00 Central and Mountain.")

    Don't confuse "noncommercial" with "PBS" -- there appear to be only three PBS member stations in the Bay Area DMA (KQED/9, KRCB/22, and KQEH/54).

    The PBS model is actually closer to syndication than to a network affiliation, hence the existence of several stations carrying PBS programming in many markets. (PBS does have one major "competitor," American Public Television -- many noncommercial stations carry programming from both PBS and APT.)
     

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