With a looming economic hurricane on the horizon, you'd think the assignment desk would have a reporter go out to city hall and inquire how the fiscal cliff would affect the Bay Area. Of course that isn't very sexy for TV. But 8000 shots of people besieging every Macy's from the city to Pleasanton with un-wanted gifts is must-cover on the menu. Boring.
And another thing: would it kill these people to hold off just a day, a day, to return their gifts? Just what I want to do: fight traffic, pay parking and wait in lines with a bunch of people, where do I sign up?
*KTVU and its upper news management is none-to-pleased with the very low numbers, (read: ratings), its early-evening newscasts are generating, (5 and 6 PM). While the "10 O'Clock News" continues to be Channel 2's breadwinner, both in ratings and revenue, 5 and 6 PM are getting soundly beaten by the likes of both KGO-TV and KPIX. Even KNTV, (NBC Bay Area), has beat KTVU. The end result? According to a station source, a big-time powwow on the horizon in February.
*Ho-hum dept: The Game, (95.7 FM All-Sports) will be new home for ESPN Radio Jan. 1 while KNBR will bring in CBS Radio's new all-sports programming. Riveting stuff. Hold me back, I can't wait. The bigger point: Both station's non-local network programming has far more interesting content than their local material. Sad, but true.
*Yes, I've been promoting my new radio show quite a bit here. Those of you that come here to read about the Bay Area media, take note, I'm not detouring from that arena, it's just that I wanted to get the word out, pardon me for plugging the radio gig--as if I'm the only guy that goes that route.
NOTE: Watch this site for a major announcement in the coming days.
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