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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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Thursday, October 25, 2007

More Channel 19 News

Channel 19 managers are talking about expanding news programming, but they're not saying when or where just yet.

Recently there has been talk at Channel 19 of launching a 6:30 p.m. newscast to catch commuters arriving home too late for the local 5-6:30 p.m. news blocks.

News director Steve Ackermann won't confirm – or talk specifics – for competitive reasons. But he says that Channel 19 has been looking for ways to expand local news since he was hired nearly two years ago.

"We're always looking for places to add news to our schedule, but we're not ready to make a move right now," Ackermann says.

Since Channel 19 started local news on Oct. 18, 1993, the station has dropped its midnight news and added the weekday 5-9 a.m. show. Could another newscast debut sometime next year?

"Yes, it could – but that's no different from the answer I would have given you a year ago. We're always looking for opportunities. We're not looking at one time period. I want to do it when it makes sense."

If Channel 19 expands news programming, you'll hear lots about it.

"We need advertisers to know about it. We need the audience to know about it. We won't do it quietly," he says.

So here’s my question: If a TV station (any station) added a newscast to any time period, or any day, when and where would be most convenient to your lifestyle? 6:30 p.m. weekdays? Sometime else? Tell me what works for you.


at 10/25/2007 12:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like a newscast at 700. I Think it would work for 19. WHo would be the anchors though. I would keep jack and tricia and frank and add more live reports.

at 10/25/2007 12:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before expanding, 19 should try and improve their current news. There are some nights the quality is not much better than a college tv station. If 64 had any decent programming, they would be beating 19 at 10.

at 10/25/2007 1:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer my news in HD. WCPO at 6:00 PM for HD local and WLWT at 6:30 PM for HD national

at 10/25/2007 2:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They dropped the mindnight news when the 10pm news expanded to an hour. Then they added the 7-9am news. Then added an 11:30am news. Then added the 6am news. Then added the 5am news, dropped the 11am news and added the 4:30am news.

at 10/25/2007 2:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of 19 - just saw the new 24 trailer on their website. It looks like 24 may be back on track this season.

at 10/25/2007 2:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:51 you do realize most of what you are seeing, the actual news footage not the studio portions, isn't actually HD, right?

at 10/25/2007 2:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dunno... i watched 12 last night for the first time in a long while and it was pretty bush league. the days of al and nick are long gone. despite whatever geezer might be in front of the camera, all the local stations are staffed by snot nose kids these days. 12 and 9 are still sliding along the coatilas of past quality. really watch and you'll see there is little difference between the quality of any of the stations.

at 10/25/2007 3:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As previously mentioned when WXIX first came on, they were on at 10:00 for 30 minutes and again at midnight. That worked if folks were out and about, and probably would work again.
from the neighborhood

at 10/25/2007 9:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they should think a little bigger. Indianapolis stations are doing local weather like here, but also local news packaged and repeated 24 hours a day.
Channel 19-2 is empty now, so they could start by replaying the most recent news on that channel, then work out ways to freshen it throughout the day. Imagine being able to go live without messing with the profitable regular shows, too.

at 10/25/2007 11:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk of expanding news coverage by WXIX or anyone else begs the comment...when will all stations in Greater Cincinnati cover more Northern Kentucky stories. Yes, NKY is covered, but not as well as it could be. One example is sports coverage by all stations. There are times when it is better than other times. I guess those of us in NKY would like to see more coverage overall. Maybe there is a solution.With the advent of muti-layering of the digital spectrum, that is with on HD tower broadcast, a station can broadcast many digital channels at the same time. For example, some stations are using the extra digital channels for a specific on their main channel, their normal HD broadcast, HD Channel 2 could be the same programming, but in Spanish and so on. In saying this, maybe it is time for all of Northern Kentucky is have its own area specific programming. What a concept, one of "Cincinnati's TV stations, finally marketing NKY as part of their programming, along with using Northern Kentucky demographics/advertising/ratings and ascertainment study.
Just a thought.

at 10/26/2007 12:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work on the crew for the FOX19 Cincy hoop games - I wish we would do more local sports programming.

at 10/26/2007 11:14 AM Blogger bmurdock said...

Northern Kentucky Coverage?? What about Southeastern Indiana? At least you have a fake news bureau. The media outlets call their coverage "Tri-State coverage" yeah right it's more like "Bi-State coverage."

at 10/26/2007 1:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of the local newscasts aren't even local anymore. You get network feeds on the local news. Like if your watching the local news on channel 5, 9 and 12. A lot of their feeds come from National Network Reporters from NBC, ABC, and CBS News. you will see the same news report on NBC, ABC, or CBS National Newscasts. Local newscasts have become more Liberalized. More liberalized by being more open and having a lot news stories outside of the local communitye. Local Newscsts need to go back to being Conservative by reporting more local stories and news inside the local community. There is way too much national news if people want national news they can watch around the clock coverage of it on CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. I think the major news networks have hijacked local newscasts by telling their local network affiliates that they have to put so much national news reports and feeds on their local newscasts. It is the Big Media Intrests that come first to these multibillion dollar networks. Local news means local news not national and world news. Local news is news that needs to come to the intrests of the people in the local communtiy not in the national and world interests. If local news wants to report news outside of Cincinatti they can report some news stories from the rest of Ohio. If I want to hear government proaganda about Bush, Iraq and Iran I watch the national news or cable news I don't have to see it on my local newscast. Keep Bush Propaganda off the local news. These multibillion dollar networks are just another way of BUsh controlling the media by having the networks requiring their local affiliates to broadcast their garbage on local newscast. I watch local news to get news from Cincinatti and Ohio not news from Iraq or the rest of the US.

at 10/26/2007 3:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason you get more national/international anchor readers and network packages in local newscasts is there aren't enough local tv reporters around to do the local news. Besides, many of the local reporters who are in cincinnati are chasing after their own franchises like consumer or medical or investigative stuff to fill the time and don't have time to develop sources/contacts in the "tristate".

Also, some tv stations pour their annual budgets into helicopters where they might be able to use that money on reporters. However, every local station has smaller budgets each year because there are fewer eyeballs watching the TV set, thanks to cable and the internet and that means they charge less for advertising...and that means less budget money...and fewer local reporters. Ya gotta fill the 90 minutes somehow.

at 10/26/2007 6:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right the the stories on the local newscasts have been outsourced by the the National Netowrks. Right now the National Networks are getting the biggest tax cuts in history thanks to this administration.

at 10/27/2007 9:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's not enough news. without using national packages, you can't fill a 90 minute newscast at night or 2 hours in the morning. There is not enough crime. The staffs are already stretched too thin. You would have to add some (at least 2)photographers and at least one other reporter at every station. The stories would have to be more creative and longer and in greater more 1.5 minutes.. and we would probably have to get people going to communities and neighborhoods and maybe schools and doing stories about the people they meet there. Nobody wants to see that.

Uncle Al's nephew

at 10/30/2007 12:24 PM Blogger Matt said...

I would like to see a local news broadcast on weekends between 5 and 7. Not the whole two hours mind you, just a half hour broadcast somewhere in that slot. It seems that every time I find myself home on a weekend evening and attempt to tune in, there is only a National news broadcast and no local.

at 11/01/2007 9:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quick read through most posts on this blog seem to suggest that (many?) viewers want local news almost all day. Then somebody needs to launch a 24-7 newschannel in this town. Let the news junkies go wild.

(I have an uncle Al, but it's not Uncle Al.)

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