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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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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

No Sports? Not Us

I guess we'll never know which TV station was considering dropping sports from local newscasts.

None of the local TV stations say they know anything about a telephone survey conducted here last month asking viewers how they would feel if a local TV station dropped sports. Some other stations in other cities have done this over the years, including WSYX-TV (Channel 6) in Columbus in 2005.

I've spoken to all the stations, and here’s what they said:

Ch. 9 GM Bill Fee: "It's not us."

Ch. 5 News Director Brennan Donnellan: "No, we are not considering that and we're not doing a survey."

Ch. 12 News Director Elbert Tucker: "It's not us."

Ch. 19 GM John Long: "There is no interest in dropping sports here. This is not a new idea. This has been going around for a long time." (Some news consultants recommend it "because of the plethora of sports news" on ESPN, other cable channels and the web.

I think dropping sports reports in this city – with high interest in pro, college and high school sports – would be a huge mistake... except maybe in the 5-6:30 weekday p.m. block some days. I think the station which dropped sports would lose more viewers than it would gain by the boast of having "more news." Don’t you?


at 5/07/2008 10:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the sports, news and weather. Drop the ticker. It doesn't serve a true purpose.

And for channel 19, how about updating your "new" graphics. Us people over the age of 35 can't read size 24 Chyron. And Helvetica? How creative! NOT!

at 5/07/2008 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming that they would fill the remaining time with good solid information and programming...the first local station to limit the weather segment to 90 seconds would become my new favorite.

at 5/07/2008 12:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think one of the stations in Chicago switched to the short weather. I swear, the guy was on and simply said, here's what's happening now, here's what's going to happen. The end. It was kind of surprising to see how fast it went.

at 5/07/2008 1:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Could you please fix the site. It is running off the side of the page and I can't read w/o lots of scrolling.

at 5/07/2008 2:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why even bother with sports during baseball and football season since the Reds and the Bengals are horrible and we know they will lose!

Who really cares?

Reds lose, Bengals lose..HELLO, nothing new here! I could turn on a sportcasts 5 years from now and see the same thing..Gosh, whatever happened to Al Schotekotte

at 5/07/2008 2:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not in favor of dropping sports but i do have a problem with not being able to even get a news update until 11 pm most Saturdays in the fall because of college football.
Its not going to hurt anyone to have brief this case, wouldnt mind the ticker.
from the neighborhood

at 5/07/2008 2:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a novel concept. News/weather/sports from 11:00pm to 11:15 the way it used to be before we had 60 gazillion cable channels and Corporation TV types being ga ga over revenue and ratings.

at 5/07/2008 2:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep weather to 90 seconds, and cut anchors from two to one so we dont have to watch the one not speaking to look so serious over to the other speaking as if they really care what they are saying. Weak!!

at 5/08/2008 1:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

24 hours and no new posts? HELLO -- ANYONE HOME????

Man, this blog has gotten lame.

at 5/09/2008 9:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:30 I live in Chicago and no broadcast station does "short weather." CLTV, the local news newchannel, does depending on the program.

at 5/09/2008 1:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:30 - Maybe it just seemed quicker. I think i'm specifically thinking of Brant Miller (?) on WMAQ in the 10pm news.

at 5/09/2008 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on breaking news, Brant will sometimes have an early tease (well, a litte more than a tease...maybe a strip tease) with main weather in its usual spot. But nothing compares with GNs 10 minutes of weather at noon though! Every weather map on the planet is in full use.

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