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Channel 39 changing its newscast format [Houston]
chron.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | David Barron

Posted on 07/25/2010 5:36:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Channel 39 will end its traditional newscasts by this fall to launch a new format called NewsFix, which discards on-camera anchors and reporters and focuses on natural sound and video to tell stories.

KIAH employees were informed Thursday about the changes, which apparently involve reassigning anchors and reporters to new, off-camera duties and signal a sharp reversal from the station's recent advertising campaign focusing on its lead anchor, Mia Gradney.

Roger Bare, Channel 39's general manager, said KIAH will be the pilot program for Tribune Broadcasting's NewsFix, which is expected to launch in late September or early October.

"The core concept is to focus more on storytelling by allowing those in the story to tell the story and to place video and audio at the center of all that we do," Bare said, repeating a sentence included in a memo given to employees.

One Channel 39 employee, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the station's behalf, said employees were told that the newscast would feature fast-paced stories, added special effects and a minimum of on-camera appearances by reporters or anchors.

"It's not going to be as much of a newscast as a collection of stories that will roll into each other," the employee said. "There will be natural sound, and you won't see the reporters.

"It will be news for people who don't watch news, which sounds a lot like opening a bar for people who don't drink."

NewsFix is the brainchild of Lee Abrams, the former radio executive who is Tribune Co.'s chief innovation officer. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Abrams said the company wants to "bring us into the 21st century in terms of what (viewers) see and hear.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abrams; kiah; newsfix; tribune
So the news isn't dumbed-down enough already?
1 posted on 07/25/2010 5:36:53 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

>> “The core concept is to ...”

Cut costs.


2 posted on 07/25/2010 5:38:19 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: smokingfrog

Didn’t the NFL once broadcast a game without any commentary?


3 posted on 07/25/2010 5:41:34 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Release the Second Chakra !!!!!!!" ... Al Gore, 10/24/06)
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To: steelyourfaith

I thought that was Monday night football


4 posted on 07/25/2010 5:43:05 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: smokingfrog

What about CASEY CURRY?
She is the supreme weather hottie and helps me start my day!


5 posted on 07/25/2010 5:43:23 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner
Never mind, she's on 13.

Hey, both stations have a "3" in 'em.


6 posted on 07/25/2010 5:46:42 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: smokingfrog
added special effects

Huh?

7 posted on 07/25/2010 5:47:19 PM PDT by cmj328 (Got ruthless?)
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To: smokingfrog

I’d be more interested to hear that they ended their preachy “Going Green” assault.


8 posted on 07/25/2010 5:48:25 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Obama dithered, America withered.)
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To: smokingfrog

LOL Yeah, this will work...


9 posted on 07/25/2010 6:01:26 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: steelyourfaith
Didn’t the NFL once broadcast a game without any commentary?

You beat me to it. NBC did it in the early '80s. And it was a complete flop.

10 posted on 07/25/2010 6:01:53 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: steelyourfaith

On Dec. 20, 1980, NBC aired the New York Jets at the Miami Dolphins. The Jets were 3-12 entering the game and the Dolphins were 8-7. (Jets won 24-17). Since the game had no playoff implications, NBC decided to let the sounds from the stands and the PA announcer serve as the sole audio. No players were miked. Dick Enberg set the scene for viewers at the beginning of each quarter and then viewers were taken to the stadium.


11 posted on 07/25/2010 6:04:15 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: steelyourfaith
Didn’t the NFL once broadcast a game without any commentary?

I loved it, but no one else did. Apparently, we prefer chatter in between Cialis ads.

12 posted on 07/25/2010 6:06:40 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Gene Eric

They should really get innovative - cut the sound and video.


13 posted on 07/25/2010 6:09:06 PM PDT by 386wt
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To: smokingfrog

Is Lee Abrams another Harvard graduate?


14 posted on 07/25/2010 6:14:13 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: cmj328
added special effects...

Let me guess. Little video-Photoshopped halos over the heads of Democrat politicians, and little horns and gotees superimposed on the heads and faces of Republican politicans.

15 posted on 07/25/2010 6:20:02 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: buccaneer81

While the broadcast didn’t go over well with viewers, many of the ideas—notably increased use of graphics and better miking of crowd noise sounds—became part of football telecasts since then.


16 posted on 07/25/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: smokingfrog

Only a matter of time before this is the norm- I kinda like it. I stopped watching TV about nine years ago- completely. Don’t miss it at all. I really don’t miss the news- you know, the anchors (male and female) as Dad and Mom, the “other girl” as Sis, sports guy as “Precocious Little Brother’, and the weather guy/gal as some other kind of buffoon.

I don’t miss the phony pained looks on their faces reacting to bad news, either.

It’ll save them a pile of money, and cause a panic in the plastic surgery industry.


17 posted on 07/25/2010 6:53:15 PM PDT by 4buttons
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To: smokingfrog
Channel 39 will end its traditional newscasts by this fall to launch a new format called NewsFix, which discards on-camera anchors and reporters and focuses on natural sound and video to tell stories.

I predict: Fewer overpriced airheads, no change in content. Total failure.

Teeheevee news -- isn't.

18 posted on 07/25/2010 6:53:44 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: humblegunner
and helps me start my day!

You need teeheevee to start your day?

19 posted on 07/25/2010 6:55:20 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: sionnsar

Local weather from a hot chick?

Hell yes.


20 posted on 07/25/2010 7:19:05 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner

The weather is usually hot so the weatherbabe should be too.


21 posted on 07/25/2010 7:27:37 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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To: RayChuang88

Good points.


22 posted on 07/25/2010 7:32:41 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: humblegunner

Okay, if it floats your boat.

I turn my teevee on maybe twice a year to watch broadcast sport games.

Teeheevee advertising is SO annoying and insulting. To me.


23 posted on 07/25/2010 7:52:52 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: sionnsar

Changing it so the reports don’t look like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHun58mz3vI


24 posted on 07/25/2010 8:31:22 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: smokingfrog

Commentatorless news? Boooooooring.


25 posted on 07/25/2010 10:38:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: buccaneer81

buccaneer81 wrote:
Didn’t the NFL once broadcast a game without any commentary?

You beat me to it. NBC did it in the early ‘80s. And it was a complete flop.

I watched the game, and it wasn’t a flop. I enjoyed it so much more than Madden/Summerall/etc going on and on “BAM”, etc.

It certainly would be better than hearing Cris Collingsworth ramble about something he doesn’t seem to understand, or Jawarski, or Theisman.


26 posted on 07/26/2010 6:21:11 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (The press wants “Camelot II - The Return of JFK”, and not “Peanuts II - that’s all you’ll have)
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To: humblegunner

To image at 6 - Is she a native of Houston, or did she come down from Dallas?


27 posted on 07/26/2010 7:48:10 AM PDT by jla
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Here bio says she was born abroad, military kid.
Here’s Casey at work, she’s just kinda appealing.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=7568618


28 posted on 07/26/2010 7:52:42 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner
Here bio says she was born abroad, military kid.

Nothing good can come from hanging around with people like that.

29 posted on 07/26/2010 10:07:27 AM PDT by Allegra (I am not humblegunner...and Pablo is very wily.)
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To: humblegunner
Will have to watch video later. Crackberry restricts me at the moment.

Though I want to thank you for posting a direct link to the video and not directing me first to a blog site.

30 posted on 07/26/2010 11:07:21 AM PDT by jla
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To: smokingfrog
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the obvious problem. All the anchors are air-headed pandering morons with liberal agendas. If they would anchor with rock-solid knowledgeable news people (hard to find these days) who treat heroes with the respect they deserve, and treat crooks, idiots, and democrats (but I grow repetitive) with the disdain they have earned, the stations could keep their audiences.
31 posted on 08/06/2010 2:02:47 PM PDT by night reader (NRA Life Member since 1962)
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To: humblegunner

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=7634027

Expect lower humidity again today with highs in the 90s. Look for much higher rain chances over the weekend.


32 posted on 08/27/2010 6:18:43 AM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: smokingfrog

Casey is getting a little heavy in the hips.

She needs some exercise. I’ll ask her over.


33 posted on 08/27/2010 10:15:49 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner

34 posted on 08/27/2010 10:19:54 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Man hands.


35 posted on 08/27/2010 10:22:31 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner
Man hands.


36 posted on 08/27/2010 10:29:49 AM PDT by cynwoody
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