TV Q&A: Why do native TV information anchors generally learn the sports activities report?

Q: Why do Channels 4 and 11 have their information anchors ship the complete sports activities experiences every so often?

I used to be a sportscaster for WBRZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge, from 1981-93. Again in our day, sportscasters by no means did information, and information anchors and reporters by no means did sports activities. It was a matter of sustaining credibility. Our information director insisted that sports activities guys do sports activities, information folks do information and the 2 by no means intersect. He believed {that a} station would lose credibility if the 2 mixed, and I agreed with him then and agree much more lately.

We each know the difficulty is cash. I assure you the native stations are making a ton of cash with all their newscasts. Why they will’t rent one other sportscaster is past me.

– Bruce, Indiana, Pa.

Rob: Cash is on the root of many choices in native TV information, as Bruce suggests, however staffing selections can be about how and the place the station needs to deploy its sources.

I’m not bothered by information anchors studying sports activities copy notably – unsure I see a credibility subject – nevertheless it does make a station look low cost and bored with investing in sports activities protection, which, in a city like Pittsburgh, doesn’t seem to be a sensible message to ship. Then once more, the rationale stations are doing it is because they will: Rankings and analysis seemingly present much less viewer curiosity in sports activities in native TV newscasts as a result of there at the moment are so many different locations on-line to get sports activities information. And let’s not neglect that loads of information about native groups that was confined to a sports activities report might now lead off a newscast.

Information administrators for WPXI-TV and WTAE-TV didn’t reply to a request for remark to Bruce’s question.

Q: Why don’t Channels 2 and 4 report on the native hometown lady, Aubrey Burchell, making it to “America’s Received Expertise” semi-finals? It doesn’t seem to be unbiased reporting to me, particularly after they all report on native sports activities whether or not it’s on their very own channel or not.

— Carl, Irwin

Rob: It’s considerably a operate of custom but in addition viewer curiosity.

Native stations have lined native sports activities groups, that are longer-established than actuality TV reveals and have a broader attain. Native sports activities information, no matter the way it has been de-emphasized by some native stations, appeals to a a lot bigger swath of the inhabitants.

Native TV stations have at all times had a bias towards their community affiliation — that’s not new. Actuality competitions are handled the identical as scripted collection, with community associates typically simply providing experiences about reveals on their very own respective networks.

Q: Actors I’ve loved on Hallmark Channel at the moment are beginning to flip up on Lifetime. Does this imply the “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” collection is now a factor of the previous? The actress from “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” that I not too long ago noticed on Lifetime was Crystal Lowe. A favourite of ours on Hallmark was Kristoffer Polaha, and he additionally not too long ago confirmed up on Lifetime.

— Bob, Simpsonville, S.C.

Rob: By and enormous actors are usually not below contract to any specific channel. They often transfer from challenge to challenge and are below contract to 1 manufacturing at a time if they’re making TV motion pictures (it’s totally different with collection) although networks might have choices on some actors. (Choices are a type of contract that sometimes benefits networks/studios.)

There was some motion on this of late with upstart Hallmark rival Nice American Household luring Candace Cameron Bure away from Hallmark with a deal to develop, produce and star in GAF packages and assist curate programming for the community.

Hallmark Channel executives Wonya Lucas and Lisa Hamilton Daly addressed this throughout their portion of the Tv Critics Affiliation digital summer season 2022 press tour in August.

“We’ve saved loads of our expertise below choices, say, for Christmas motion pictures,” Daly stated. “We’re on the lookout for new expertise on a regular basis. I feel there’s loads of expertise on the market that we’ve labored with up to now that (GAF) is now working with, however I feel that we are also always attempting to evolve the expertise pool that we’re working with. And we have now, I feel, retained nearly everyone that we’re actually excited to have.”

Kristoffer Polaha will star in a brand new Hallmark Christmas film, “A Christmas Disconnect,” which was introduced earlier this yr.

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” has at all times been a little bit of an odd duck. It began as a collection, then turned an irregular film collection. I requested the pair about this title and likewise “Good Witch,” which began as motion pictures, then turned a collection and will conceivably resume as a film franchise.

“So far as ‘Good Witch,’ I feel we’re at all times interested by fascinated with what we are able to do with our hottest IP,” Daly stated, referring to mental property. “I can’t announce something particular about that. And that additionally holds for ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered.’ I don’t suppose we’re completed with that.”

“I’d simply say the Postables, who’re the followers of ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered,’ they ship loads of letters,” Lucas stated. “And we learn them. The fandom and the fervour for that franchise is uncommon. And so we pay attention, we hear. There’s extra to return.”

“I’d say, stand by,” Daly added.

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