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(Mediabistro)   Louisville TV station attempts to gain attention by publicly declaring that, unlike the competition, not every news story it runs will be labeled BREAKING NEWS. "Newsflash" tag feeling a little nervous right now   (mediabistro.com) divider line 61
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2013-06-08 09:18:22 AM
Someone get them a cookie
 
2013-06-08 09:19:05 AM
One could hope their stories will still be "the very latest," "up to the minute coverage," and, of course, "extremely unique."
 
2013-06-08 09:21:22 AM
Is it a story I will only hear (pause) on their news station?
 
2013-06-08 09:25:28 AM
As long as they'll still warn me that some common household product - the kinds probably in my cabinets RIGHT NOW - could make MY child's skull burst into flames.
What are those chemicals? They'll tell me tonight, after the Million Dollar Movie!
 
2013-06-08 09:26:05 AM
In most cases, I'd rather get news right than right away.

Tornadoes, active shooters, and other things I might urgently need to do something about are exceptions to this rule.
 
2013-06-08 09:26:23 AM
I'm not going to tune in for humdrum news.
 
2013-06-08 09:30:47 AM
What you don't know might kill you, more at 11
 
2013-06-08 09:32:22 AM
Breakin' News: Turbo and Ozone have saved Miracles
 
2013-06-08 09:35:29 AM
I'm old enough to remember when a "special report" meant that some heavy shiat was going down.  Maybe the nukes were in the air.   Now "breaking news" doesn't mean shiat.

/get off my lawn
 
2013-06-08 09:42:50 AM
Watching CNN during the Boston bombing coverage was an exercise in frustration. "BREAKING: [thing you heard four hours ago]!!!!"
 
2013-06-08 09:44:01 AM
This channel is in my market...the GM of WDRB is a good guy and regularly uses the editorial opinion comment section of the news to call people out on BS, so it is good to see he is finally calling BS on his own station. The Breaking news BS on all the stations in town was turning news into " The Boy who cried Wolf" TV.
 
2013-06-08 09:45:34 AM
i3.ytimg.com
 
2013-06-08 09:46:33 AM
Breaking News.  In honor of the overuse of "Breaking News", I'm going to start my post with "Breaking News". And end it with "Breaking News".  That was Breaking News.
 
2013-06-08 09:47:03 AM

MortalComedy: This channel is in my market...the GM of WDRB is a good guy and regularly uses the editorial opinion comment section of the news to call people out on BS, so it is good to see he is finally calling BS on his own station. The Breaking news BS on all the stations in town was turning news into " The Boy who cried Wolf" TV.


Aye, Bill Lamb is interesting.  But WDRB is lagging so far behind everyone else around here that they have to do something, IMO.  For weather they're never going to touch Wave 3.  Their website is horrendous.  For pure local news -- well, I don't know -- I can't remember the last time I've turned on the local news on TV itself when it wasn't due to someone I know being arrested.
 
2013-06-08 09:52:29 AM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-06-08 09:52:41 AM
But cats still get stuck up trees, right?
 
2013-06-08 09:57:18 AM
Now, if only more stations would do the same "no BS" policy with weather:

No hype weather promo
 
2013-06-08 09:57:35 AM

ukexpat: But cats still get stuck up trees, right?


Not here in Kentucky.  Once the cat goes up in the tree, its called dinner, and we get our BB guns out.

/Think I'm doing the stereotype right
//maybe it's just possums
 
2013-06-08 10:00:19 AM
They'll still lead off every newscast with an apartment fire, followed by the 14 car accident, and then the puppy of the day.
 
2013-06-08 10:01:25 AM

WorkingInParadise: Now, if only more stations would do the same "no BS" policy with weather:

No hype weather promo


It almost became a joke here for a few years.  We'd get these nasty storm set ups, and as soon as they were about to hit Louisville they'd fall apart.  There was one day that the mayor suggested workplaces send all their workers home.  We sent all non-critical office staff home.  And thus the few of us left got to enjoy the beautiful, sunny day it became without a drop of rain, still at the office.  That said, having been through a T4-T5, I'm glad to have a weather staff that is on the ball.  My whole family would be dead if they weren't willing to go out on a limb when the setup looks awful (I mean that literally, we would rarely go to our basements in our old neighborhood.   The entire neighborhood got destroyed).
 
2013-06-08 10:02:05 AM

Tom_Slick: They'll still lead off every newscast with an apartment fire, followed by the 14 car accident, and then the puppy of the day.


Why do you hate the puppy of the day?  He's usually cute.  And I've found his political views are as intelligent as anything I'll see on Fox News or MSNBC. :D
 
2013-06-08 10:06:37 AM
Still my favorite tactic:

"EXCLUSIVE SEEN ONLY HERE - The AP is reporting..."
 
2013-06-08 10:15:13 AM
Yup FoxNews wins the prize for breaking non-news.  I remember one particular one -- "BREAKING NEWS: Airline passengers are unhappy with higher fees."  It happened during work and I brought it up with some of my buddies who didn't get my amusement.

/ they're coders, these things they just don't get, they laugh at math jokes
 
2013-06-08 10:17:30 AM

WorkingInParadise: Now, if only more stations would do the same "no BS" policy with weather:


But...but ...we just bought our new Super tech WEATHERFREAKER 3000 ®
 
2013-06-08 10:18:16 AM
I'm friends with a producer at WLKY.   Maybe I can get him to copy this approach, they beat you over the head with intro music and moving graphics and DIRE WARNINGS OMG!!!!!
 
2013-06-08 10:19:22 AM

FitzShivering: Why do you hate the puppy of the day? He's usually cute. And I've found his political views are as intelligent as anything I'll see on Fox News or MSNBC. :D


His political views are fine his consumer news on the other hand....
 
2013-06-08 10:21:17 AM

Tom_Slick: They'll still lead off every newscast with an apartment fire, followed by the 14 car accident, and then the puppy of the day.


What? No daily shooting?

It's not a normal day of news here in St. Louis without hearing about the latest person that got shot.
 
2013-06-08 10:21:41 AM
and it only took 2 years and 7.5 months for Jon Stewart's call to action to be heeded by one tiny news station.
 
2013-06-08 10:22:28 AM

FitzShivering: WorkingInParadise: Now, if only more stations would do the same "no BS" policy with weather:

No hype weather promo

It almost became a joke here for a few years.  We'd get these nasty storm set ups, and as soon as they were about to hit Louisville they'd fall apart.  There was one day that the mayor suggested workplaces send all their workers home.  We sent all non-critical office staff home.  And thus the few of us left got to enjoy the beautiful, sunny day it became without a drop of rain, still at the office.  That said, having been through a T4-T5, I'm glad to have a weather staff that is on the ball.  My whole family would be dead if they weren't willing to go out on a limb when the setup looks awful (I mean that literally, we would rarely go to our basements in our old neighborhood.   The entire neighborhood got destroyed).


I use this site for local weather.

No Hype Ohio Valley Weather

They're on facebook too.  I find they tend to be the most conservative with estimates, and usually the most accurate.
 
2013-06-08 10:23:54 AM

reillan: and it only took 2 years and 7.5 months for Jon Stewart's call to action to be heeded by one tiny news station.


It covers the Kentuckiana area.   probably 2-3 million people.   I wouldn't call that "tiny"
 
2013-06-08 10:23:58 AM

Girion47: FitzShivering: WorkingInParadise: Now, if only more stations would do the same "no BS" policy with weather:

No hype weather promo

It almost became a joke here for a few years.  We'd get these nasty storm set ups, and as soon as they were about to hit Louisville they'd fall apart.  There was one day that the mayor suggested workplaces send all their workers home.  We sent all non-critical office staff home.  And thus the few of us left got to enjoy the beautiful, sunny day it became without a drop of rain, still at the office.  That said, having been through a T4-T5, I'm glad to have a weather staff that is on the ball.  My whole family would be dead if they weren't willing to go out on a limb when the setup looks awful (I mean that literally, we would rarely go to our basements in our old neighborhood.   The entire neighborhood got destroyed).

I use this site for local weather.

No Hype Ohio Valley Weather

They're on facebook too.  I find they tend to be the most conservative with estimates, and usually the most accurate.


Badass. Thanks!  Weather estimates are actually pretty important for our industry, and we've often left with some bad estimates from the local news.  Wave is always the best, but it's a lot like having the best batting average amongst 1 armed hitters.
 
2013-06-08 10:24:47 AM

MortalComedy: WorkingInParadise: Now, if only more stations would do the same "no BS" policy with weather:

But...but ...we just bought our new Super tech WEATHERFREAKER 3000 ®


One of the local stations here got in trouble during our storm outbreak last week when they reported a "mass casualty event" at a local hotel after a tornado went by it.

Turns out they just misheard what they heard on the scanner.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/twitter-watches-kmovs-mass-casualty -e vent-report-during-tornado-prove-false_b92629

http://storify.com/stephebbs/mass-casualty-posts
 
2013-06-08 10:27:56 AM
I do see a lot of "LIVE! Late breaking news!" Where the reporter is standing alone in a field with one cop car watching them.
 
2013-06-08 10:27:59 AM

Mrtraveler01: Tom_Slick: They'll still lead off every newscast with an apartment fire, followed by the 14 car accident, and then the puppy of the day.

What? No daily shooting?

It's not a normal day of news here in St. Louis without hearing about the latest person that got shot.


In Atlanta the shootings are covered after weather
 
2013-06-08 10:28:34 AM
Now let's work on stations that use swooshes inbetween stories.

// Walter Cronkite diint need no swooshes
 
2013-06-08 10:31:36 AM

mike_d85: I do see a lot of "LIVE! Late breaking news!" Where the reporter is standing alone in a field with one cop car watching them.


One thing I always get a kick out of when I watch the news in Pittsburgh is that they always have someone standing in front of the local courthouse hours after the trial or court case happened.

I've seen instances when they're standing outside of the courthouse during the 6PM newscast when everyone in the courthouse went home for the day. What is the point in that?
 
2013-06-08 10:31:41 AM

mike_d85: I do see a lot of "LIVE! Late breaking news!" Where the reporter is standing alone in a field with one cop car watching them.


Don't get me started on overusage of the live trucks.  What possesses these folks to send a live truck to an empty parking lot where the victim or suspect worked.

"Police say the suspect worked at this Home Depot on XYZ Street where he may have purchased the duct tape used to disable the door locks."

/farking vultures
 
2013-06-08 10:34:15 AM
Fox News started this after 9/11 with the constant graphics bombardments and FOX NEWS ALERT nonsense with accompanying ominous sound for every little thing.
 
2013-06-08 10:53:14 AM

Mrtraveler01: mike_d85: I do see a lot of "LIVE! Late breaking news!" Where the reporter is standing alone in a field with one cop car watching them.

One thing I always get a kick out of when I watch the news in Pittsburgh is that they always have someone standing in front of the local courthouse hours after the trial or court case happened.

I've seen instances when they're standing outside of the courthouse during the 6PM newscast when everyone in the courthouse went home for the day. What is the point in that?


What amuses me is that things like are universally seen as pointless and stupid by the public, but news stations seem to be so far up their asses that they still think it adds to the coverage.

"You can't see it because it's dark now, but behind me, about a half mile away, this morning..."
 
2013-06-08 10:54:39 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGADrt5hhwM

CNN- Live Remote- yeah right.
 
2013-06-08 11:06:47 AM
Our CBS affiliate uses the slogan "Telling It Like It Is," but still uses "breaking news" and leads off its late night news with some investigation instead of the top stories of the day. They're the most serious news station in town, but can still do better.
 
2013-06-08 11:13:48 AM

DesertCoyote: Our CBS affiliate uses the slogan "Telling It Like It Is," but still uses "breaking news" and leads off its late night news with some investigation instead of the top stories of the day. They're the most serious news station in town, but can still do better.


That's got to be one of the dumbest slogans I've ever heard.

Our local CBS station's slogan used to be "News 4 never stops watching out for you", I think they trimmed that a bit after realizing how wordy that was.
 
2013-06-08 11:13:59 AM
I make promos for a TV news station so I'm really getting a kick yadda yadda.

One of my anchors sent me the promo linked in the story calling it the "Best. Promo. Ever." My response was. "Best. Upper management. Ever."

It's funny... the reason the cliche ridden model we all know and hate is still around is solely due to management forcing all promotion and news coverage to be "what they expect", i.e. Breaking news, "named" storms, and all the other bullshiat everyone despises. I truly believe that there is no group less in tune with average people than local TV management, which is ironic because they're all pretty much average people themselves. Maybe it's something in the water.

You'd be surprised at the number of people at a station who know it's bullshiat, but have to do it anyway.
 
2013-06-08 11:24:31 AM
The Newsflash tag can stop making appearances for sports scores, I think. If Amanda Bynes' latest tweet-of-shame isn't Newsflash-worthy, then neither should the score from a football game.

/And they shouldn't.
//Save it for stuff in which there's a potential death toll.
 
2013-06-08 11:29:09 AM

ZeroCorpse: The Newsflash tag can stop making appearances for sports scores, I think. If Amanda Bynes' latest tweet-of-shame isn't Newsflash-worthy, then neither should the score from a football game.

/And they shouldn't.
//Save it for stuff in which there's a potential death toll.


Any team from philly, no matter the score, could have a potential death toll.
 
2013-06-08 11:31:19 AM

CrazyCurt: Yup FoxNews wins the prize for breaking non-news.  I remember one particular one -- "BREAKING NEWS: Airline passengers are unhappy with higher fees."  It happened during work and I brought it up with some of my buddies who didn't get my amusement.

/ they're coders, these things they just don't get, they laugh at math jokes


Then they'll probably like this one: Why do coders often confuse Halloween with Christmas? Because OCT 31 = DEC 25.

/I didn't say it was good.
 
2013-06-08 11:40:54 AM
At my old news station, KSPR in Springfield, MO... we had a permanent breaking news segment, tucked neatly into the B block
 
2013-06-08 12:01:55 PM
Watch the Fox Saturday morning block of money shows, and you'll notice they use the while "Alert" graphics at some non-story. Millions still take them seriously.
 
2013-06-08 01:29:14 PM

MrHappyRotter: Breaking News.  In honor of the overuse of "Breaking News", I'm going to start my post with "Breaking News". And end it with "Breaking News".  That was Breaking News.


BREAKING NEWS ALERT : MRHAPPYROTTER FAILS TO USE ALLCAPS FOR BREAKING NEWS BULLETIN.
 
2013-06-08 01:40:40 PM
Here in South Florida, Channel 7 WSVN Fox spawned Rick Sanchez, who was always "live in the newsplex" when he wasn't at the scene where "police have set up a perimeter."

Rick Sanchez, because we've gone too long without a Rick Sanchez thread.
 
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