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?