Channel 5's Fireworks Statement
Channel 5 managers declined to talk specifics about their choices of camera angles or other aspects of their Cincinnati Bell/WEBN-FM fireworks telecast Sunday, when I asked for comment on criticisms of the broadcast. Instead I was sent this email from Richard Dyer, Channel 5 president and general manager:
As you know, I did receive e-mails from a portion of our audience expressing their disappointment with Sunday's fireworks broadcast and here's how we've responded:
"In spite of many months of planning and preparation by a team of experienced professionals, our presentation fell short of expectations for some viewers.
"Your criticisms about distant camera angles and obstructed views has been heard loud and clear and will be considered lessons learned to make our 2008 broadcast better than ever.
"WLWT has a nearly 60 year history of delivering outstanding live broadcasts to Tristate viewers, from Ruth Lyons in the '50s, the Reds in the '80's and most recently the Flying Pig Marathon and Tall Stacks. We will make the necessary adjustments and commit to delivering a much more enjoyable and satisfying product in 2008."