Back on the blog
Sorry to be away from the blog this week, but it’s been crazy. My best friend, retired
Sorry to get sappy today, but, hey, it's my blog.
While I was gone, all hell broke loose…. The highlights:
FCC probes Ch 9
The FCC is probing allegations that WCPO-TV (Channel 9), and 76 other stations, broadcast video news releases in newscasts without crediting the sources. The accusations first surfaced in April in “Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed,” a 10-month study by the Center for Media and Democracy, a Wisconsin non-profit which serves as a watchdog for the public relations industry. I’m scrambling to nail this all down now for a Sunday story, which will be posted on our website Sunday… but here is the website to see Ch. 9 video:
To the right of that page are links to the full "Fake News" report, executive summary, etc.
Ch 5 drops Top 5 at 11
Yes,WLWT-TV (Ch 5) has bagged the viewer-voted "Top 5 (stories) at 11." Here’s the word from News Director Brennan Donnellan:
"Effective Friday, August 18th, we will no longer be presenting Your Top 5 at . Your Top 5 at has been one of our most successful recent initiatives, and I’m proud of our ratings growth at . We will continue to present your Top 5 at 5, and we will increase our efforts to make this popular feature even stronger.
"At , it has been less popular. The primary reason involves Internet news site usage, which drops off sharply after . That’s true of every news site; most people access Internet news at work. While up to 150 people have been voting in our Top 5 at 5 poll, the number has been considerably lower at . Also, viewers have told us they are more interested a digest of night time and daytime news at night. They have less curiosity about how others voted, and more of a need for straight news and weather updates before going to bed.”
So you folks can help me out here with math: The 150 people determining the top story at 5 p.m. represents less than 2% of 1 ratings point (8,802 TV homes) here? Is that right?Ch 64 news
Also trying to finish my story for Monday's paper about Channel 12's newscast on Channel 64. I hear that some folks already are confused about all the numbers -- "Local 12 at 10 on My 64." It will be intersting to see what kind of ratings it does, particularly after Ch 64 dumps WB shows on Sept. 5 for 5-nights-a-week soap operas. (We'll have a link Monday with story on website to the MyNetworkTV show previews.) That's a great lead-in, huh? And how much will Ch 12's 11 p.m. ratings drop because people can catch the branded "Local 12 news" an hour earlier?
I'm sure you all have opinions about that too. So post your comments, and I'll read them from home this weekend.
Sorry, gotta go. Way behind in my work this week.
Remember to call a friend this weekend.