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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Channel 5 Drops Top 5 Vote

The poll is closed. Due to declining participation, WLWT-TV (Channel 5) will drop viewer voting for "Your Top 5" stories for the 5 p.m. newscast, says Brennan Donnellan, Ch. 5 news director. The 5 p.m. news is third in the ratings, behind leader Channel 9 and second-place Channel 12.

Here's his statement posted at

"For some time, many of you have voted regularly in our Your Top 5 daily news poll. We appreciate your loyalty to News 5. Your votes have helped us to better understand our viewers and the news they want to see.

"Effective Monday 10/22/07, we will discontinue the voting element of Your Top 5. We will still present the five most important stories of the day as our first stories on News 5 at 5 p.m. While our TV ratings at 5 p.m. have been steady, participation in the voting has declined. We don't think it's fair to give up editorial control of the newscast when the actual number of voters is small.

"We realize that you enjoyed participating in Your Top 5, based on your consistent voting. You really have helped us, and you can continue to guide our decisions by sending emails to the address below, or to the individual reporters and managers listed on We need to listen, and we want you to keep watching.

"Thanks again!"

Brennan Donnellan
News Director


at 10/19/2007 4:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would someone please save this man from himself?

Here's a program note...




at 10/19/2007 6:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In another 10 years, no one will watch a newscast whatever the station. Local news is so full of babble and inaccuracies, I'm surprised that anyone tunes in to any of them. They are dinosaurs.

at 10/19/2007 10:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one voted because no one is watching, bring back Todd Dykes!!!!!

at 10/20/2007 3:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derek said it would be like this

at 10/20/2007 11:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 5 is a joke. The all girl pole dancer review is a snoozer at best. Not to mention all of the station thrive on sensationalism in reporting the news. Most of it has such spin that you would think Cincinnati is at code orange all of the time. I watch the news as little as possible and like to get my news from various sorces not just the media hype channels of 5,9 and 12....with all of the BREAKING NEWS that ends up being a cat in a tree, or the Dopler 1500 ZRX turbo that half the time predicts the weather as well as sticking your hand out the window to see if its thanks.

at 10/21/2007 1:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, now Brennan can pick the news stories without flooding the votes on his computer for the top 5.

at 10/21/2007 1:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another channel 5 GIMMICK down the drain. What GIMMICK will be next?

at 10/21/2007 1:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

amy wagner did a good job anchoring today.

Kiese is todd dykes going to report for the 5pm news?

at 10/21/2007 9:24 PM Blogger Toddy-O said...

I think today's newscast was the first time 700WLW reporters have been used for WLWT reports since the 70's. Andrew Setters did a nice job.

at 10/21/2007 11:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not to mention all of the station thrive on sensationalism in reporting the news."

Really. ONLY 5 does this? Please. 9 and 12 are no better, unless they're busy doing Dance Party Friday or something.

at 10/22/2007 7:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


just to clarify, If i am not mistaken Todd is Going to Weekday reporting and weekend anchoring. Let the viewers know that. Also I have big words to say on the change at 5, it's bogus, its stupid, and Mr. Donnellan needs to wake up and smell the roses, but Lisa and Todd had a good relationship, with Pete and Eric, how much you wanna bet there gonna ax Cooney when she gets back, Rashid took a leave and they told her not to come back. Um Channel 5 wake up, I am very upset with the changes, Johnathan go back to weekends and put todd and lisa back with Green and Scalia!

at 10/24/2007 9:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

no doubt lisa is next followed by green. There have been 5 meteoroglists in the last 4 years.
I agree about the double female combo, not a good idea

at 10/25/2007 11:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the viewers don't vote for the top 5 anymore, Why does Sandra keep saying "this is want you wanted to see" and "this is your number 1 story."

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