Skip to comments.WWOR-TV in New Jersey Replaces Nightly News
Posted on 07/08/2013 5:58:14 PM PDT by mick
Depending on ones perspective, what the New Jersey-based television station WWOR is doing this month is irresponsible or innovative.
Last week, with no notice, the station canceled its 10 p.m. half-hour of news, the only newscast it had left. On Monday, it will try something new at 10, a youthful newsmagazine called Chasing New Jersey. The anchor, a real estate executive and onetime Republican candidate for Congress, will be called the ringleader on the program; the reporters will be called chasers. In 2011, the F.C.C. conducted an investigation into charges that News Corporation overstated how much news coverage it provided to New Jersey and how many people it employed in the state. The stations executives have failed to live up to their obligations, WWORs chief critic, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, said at the time.
Lautenberg hassled them big-time, Andrew Jay Schwartzman, a lawyer and advocate for media reform, said approvingly.
Mr. Lautenberg, a Democrat, died last month. While the timing of WWORs programming change was a coincidence, it certainly has an unseemly appearance, Mr. Schwartzman said.
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I have no idea what you are talking about but if whatever it is makes the New York Times unhappy - I’m for it.
I relish the day network nightly newscasts meet a similar fate - cancellation.
Cool deal, Mick - best of success to your son. The broadcast networks need to become innovative in order to hold onto a viable section of the audience, and this might be the way to go. Most local news strips are basically the same as they were when Richard Nixon was President, and it’s about time they wake up and smell the coffee.
Fox has WNYW Channel 5 and does their 10 o clock news...why wouldn’t they try to do something on Channel 9 to get the Joisy Demos?
Once, the government might have been honestly concerned about the news / public service content of broadcast stations. These days, I'm guessing their concerns are more about whether the propaganda is getting to the people.
I remember growing up in the area, I would watch channel 5, channel 9, and channel 11. They always had good programming for a kid my age. Channel 11, WPIX always had “The March of the Wooden Soldiers” every Thanksgiving, and a great Abbott & Costello movie every Saturday (or was it Sunday?) at 11:30 am.
This was back when if you got 6 channels off the rabbit ears, you were lucky. :-)
I have no idea what you are talking about but if whatever it is makes the New York Times unhappy - Im for it.
There is a deep truth in this statement.
POST OF THE DAY!
the description sounds awful. Like needs more stupid pop news
Yes. “NY Times Unhappy” posts may be quite terse — perhaps a 2-3 sentence synopsis and I’m good.
“I remember growing up in the area, I would watch channel 5, channel 9, and channel 11. They always had good programming for a kid my age. Channel 11, WPIX always had The March of the Wooden Soldiers every Thanksgiving, and a great Abbott & Costello movie every Saturday (or was it Sunday?) at 11:30 am.
This was back when if you got 6 channels off the rabbit ears, you were lucky. :-)”
Remember ‘Chiller Theater” on Saturday nights? Channel 11.
I remember watching a lot of the Brit Coms on WOR-TV when it came on our cable system in the late 1970’s onward into the 1980’s. I remember seeing Benny Hill and other British shows such as Dr. Who and Gerry and Silvia Anderson’s “UFO” and “Space 1999” although the latter was on local TV too here in Pittsburgh. I also watched a lot of Morton Downey Jr. too. BTW, I always had laughs when they showed the Carvel Ice Cream commercials and who can forget “Crazy Eddie?”
Ooh ooh ohh oooh oooh oooh ooh OOOOH! Go Mort! B-)
“BTW< if you see the original 1968 “Night of the Living Dead,” “Chilly Billy” is the local Pittsburgh newscaster in the film.”
Oh that’s wild. LOL
I have the DVD and still watch ‘March of the Wooden Soldiers’ with my (now grown) kids every Christmas. (Of course, the movie actually takes place in July.) That movie was made in 1934 and I was floored to find that the actor who played the villain, Silas Barnaby, was only 21 when that movie was made! His name was Henry Brandon. He died in 1990 at 77, and he acted right up until 1989. He even once made a guest appearance on a ‘Murder She Wrote’ episode in 1987.
Thanks for the heads up. I’m in the Philly burbs so I’ll make sure to look for it.
Thanks, LH. I live in Philly region also and have to DVR it to watch. FOX 29 out of Philly reruns it at 4:00 am. Son or not, I’m not getting up that early !!