From RadiomanKC--a TV News veteran:
WILL someone offer their programs PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME... how network affiliates ignore their responsibility to operate "IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST" (An FCC phrase from the Communication Act of 1934) but wants NEVER to PAUSE From their PROFITS, to the rare request for PUBLIC INTEREST programming like a Presidential address to the nation!!I've never understood why ABC and CBS even keep their nightly newscasts and all the news expense necessary to support those half hour programs. Mornings have gone entertainment... so what's left? A poorly placed early evening newscast when so many working people aren't even HOME yet?
OVERDOSE on Local Ghetto News and Weathercasts
Before cable, when there were only three TV signals, a TV license was a license to STEAL. But today, with so many TV choices, we've seen the wreckage.
Stations have GUTTED their reporting staffs and added more newscasts (commercial availabilities) and time-eating LIVE SHOTS, but only repeating what's already been gathered from the overnight crime beat. Without reporters, MISSING are local economic stories, your school and government stories, and warnings of what the state legislators are about to do to us in the state capital. Of COURSE we only vote based on yard signs!
It does not help that Newspapers have gutted THEIR staffs too. Now NO ONE is covering the news. TV can't even steal from the local paper!
TV News is 'news' with no calories! Smoke and mirrors written like "My Weekly Reader" when you were little. Little of it affects you except maybe tomorrow's weather! No details. They assume everyone has ADHD and you don't really wanna know stuff!
I think it's a matter of time when news becomes a specialty program and there won't be enough audience left for everybody to play and make money.
I can't believe FOX affiliates haven't been first to throw in the towel. Followed by either ABC or CBS stations. With todays ignorant viewers on this last election, it's clear, they aren't serving the public interest to be informed. They do seem to take all those propaganda commercials at election time, have you noticed? They just don't ever roll any of that cash into their news departments to actually TRUTHCHECK those ads!
TV Stations don't cover the news. They stop looking as soon as they fill up their newscasts!
What Local TV Stations Don't Want You to Know