Articles about "TV News"


No-knock policy bars TV station staff from rapping on crime suspects’ doors

A Houston television station is telling its staff not to knock on the doors of crime suspects. The station issued a memo saying it is too big a risk to journalists’ safety, but others see the move as a way … Read more


News gets less local as station owners get bigger

“Our investment thesis is simple," Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori told New York Times reporter David Carr last year. "Scale matters.”

For local television stations, 2013 was a year of scale. This year's State of the News Media report runs down the consolidations and acquisitions that saw almost 300 TV stations change hands: Tribune buying Local TV Holdings. Gannett ending up with more than 40 stations after purchasing Belo. Media General merging with New Young, and just last week buying LIN Media to operate 74 stations. Sinclair agreeing to buy stations from Allbritton (a company I once worked for) and Fisher Communications to end up with 167 stations it will own, operate or provide services to. Nexstar Broadcasting Group closing the year with 108 stations under its auspices. (more...)

NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders injured by broken TV light

NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders said in a Twitter post Thursday that he suffered serious eye injuries while covering the Michael Dunn trial in Jacksonville, Fla., in February.

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How WGAL TV kept the newsroom running when the roof collapsed

WGAL-TV (Lancaster, Pa.) News Director Dan O’Donnell was on the other side of the building from the newsroom at 3:20 Friday afternoon when he said he heard “what sounded like a truck backing into the building. Others said it sounded … Read more

Conan O'Brien discusses his life and the art of comedy during a forum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Conan’s comedy bit hints at serious issues for local TV news

Just before the holidays, late-night comedian Conan O’Brien poked a little fun at local TV newscasts. In doing so, he illustrated some serious issues about the compromises journalists make in understaffed newsrooms.

O’Brien strung together clips of two dozen local … Read more


Nashville rallies behind TV reporter’s winter hat

Suburban Turmoil Lindsay Ferrier says she used to hate the fuzzy hat her husband, WSMV-TV reporter Dennis Ferrier made a point of wearing during winter weather in Nashville. But "it looks like that hat is here to stay," she writes. Dennis Ferrier's employer asked viewers to sound off on whether they liked his ushanka:

Why local newscasters said ‘Yeah, baby’ about Mike Myers news

Last Thursday, actor Mike Myers announced he’s expecting another child with wife Kelly Tisdale. Considering that Myers is still associated with his role as zany British detective Austin Powers in the three-part series, national news outlets were quick to make such a reference in delivering the news. "Groovy, baby — again!” People magazine gushed. "Yeah, baby!" the Huffington Post exclaimed. But how was the news playing on local newscasts? Well, on Thursday night, Conan O’Brien’s show "Conan" decided to compile videos of local news anchors breaking the story. "Local news found a really unique way to tell the story,” O’Brien said, setting viewers up for the punch line. The segment showed 29 separate local newscasters using the exact same line -- "Mike Myers says 'yeah, baby'" -- in reporting the news. While some anchors nailed Myers’ signature catchphrase from the film, others sounded more Australian than English. (more...)

Nielsen method for TV ratings missing minorities, young people

Television executives are increasingly concerned that paper diary measurement, a method from the 1950s to track TV viewing, excludes significant segments of the U.S. population, thus producing inaccurate ratings.

Diaries were never problem-free. Participants are asked to write in once … Read more


Pew: TV is ‘the dominant way that Americans get news at home’

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American adults continue to watch TV more than any other news source at home, with the highest percentage watching local news, the Pew Research Center reported Friday.

In a study of Nielsen data covering February 2013, researchers found 71 percent of U.S. adults had watched local newscasts and 65 percent watched network news over the span of the month. And while only 38 percent of adults watched cable news, those viewers spent twice as much time doing so than viewers of local or network broadcasts.

The Nielsen data, specially prepared for the Pew study, is based on the rating service's panel of metered homes during the important February "sweeps" period. The findings are similar to that reported in previous Pew studies showing television remains the most popular platform for Americans consuming the news.

Related: One-third of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV | Pew surveys of audience habits suggest perilous future for news| Nearly one-third of U.S. adults have abandoned a news outlet due to dissatisfaction | Pew: Half of Americans get news digitally, topping newspapers, radio

KTVU talks with AAJA about its plans to prevent future errors & increase station’s diversity

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The Asian American Journalists Association has published important highlights from its recent meeting with KTVU.

AAJA leaders met last Friday with KTVU News Director Lee Rosenthal, Vice President & General Manager Tom Raponi, staff reporter Amber Lee, and Rosy Chu, director of community affairs and public service to discuss KTVU’s error. Earlier this month, the station incorrectly named the pilots of Asiana Flight 214. The names were offensive and caused AAJA and others to react.

AAJA’s Bobby Calvan explained what came of the meeting:

  • Raponi suggested a quarterly meeting between AAJA and newsroom leaders to discuss ongoing coverage and diversity issues. We will set up the first session soon, with our San Francisco Bay Area Chapter taking the lead.
  • Raponi also welcomed AAJA’s assistance in developing training, perhaps through a workshop or seminar, for KTVU’s newsroom. We will work with the station to help develop and conduct the necessary program.
  • KTVU offered the SF Chapter use of its studios, logistical support and live streaming services to hold media access workshops, and Raponi said he would be pleased to participate.
  • KTVU said it would work with AAJA to develop a pipeline of talented journalists who could add to the station’s diversity.
  • KTVU offered to air public service announcements on our behalf if we are interested.
  • The station would provide airtime on Rosy Chu’s weekly show “Bay Area People” to discuss diversity issues.
  • AAJA invited Raponi and Rosenthal to attend our National Convention next month and to participate on the MediaWatch panel. We’re awaiting a reply. (more...)