Is there too much news?

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  1. DeathStar1

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    This was a side thought from an article I found about Peggy Charren 'killing' Saturday Morning TV.

    When I first started my animation website, I was surprised at how many people had their toons on the weekend replaced by local news broadcasts or infomercials, as early as 1994, while the rest of us where watching Garfield and Friends....

    This brought up the question, is there too much news on TV, and does anyone try to watch it at all?

    I mean, we've got at least 12, dedicated 24 hour news channels. Anyone who really wants to see them has probably already subscribed to cable and satellite. We've got news shows on all 3 major networks, and now on Fox, from 5-6 PM, some till 7 PM. Then, they have all of their newsbroadcasts in the morning from 5-9 AM, usually, leaving no room for syndicated shows.

    Is there such a thing as news overload, or is alotto news, good news?
     
  2. Paul_Medenwaldt

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    Great Topic!

    I'm a news junkie, so I enjoy the over abundance of news networks. The all seem to keep themselves in check with reporting news and the accuracy of the news itself.

    As for you concern Neil, I noticed in the early 90s that the local big 3 networks were switching to a live format news programs instead of the regular Saturday morning cartoons. IMO thats a loss for the kids that are growing up today, granted I don't think highly of the over-hyped Japanese cartoons that are being aired these days, but it't something the kids should be able to look back on when there adults.

    The reason these local channels are switching from cartoons to news programs is because of cost. Its cheaper to put together 2 hours of a news programs then purchase 2 hours of syndication programs.

    Paul
     
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    Paul Medenwaldt wrote:

     
  4. Jason Seaver

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    I don't know as there's too much news, but I do think that too much bandwidth is being used to relay the same information. The three major networks' stations basically play local news from 5:00pm-6:30pm, but it's the same surface-level stuff repeated three times, with different "lifestyle" segments. So, basically, you're looking at the same program being run 9 times in a very short period - not the best use of resources, methinks.

    I understand the rationale - a newscast is relatively cheap to produce, especially if you can re-use everything multiple times, and there is demand to have them at different times of the day. I don't know what kind of quality we're getting from this practice, though - it barely seems worth watching.
     
  5. Jack Briggs

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    The problem in the Los Angeles market is a dearth of local newscasts that are worth the time it takes to manipulate the remote.

    The "local news" as proffered by KABC, KNBC, KCBS, and other affiliates and independent channels is nothing more than Entertainment Tonight with the weather and sports thrown in. If you want the latest celebrity gossip or "reports" on lurid sex crimes (anything to do with sex is used), you're in luck. But if you're interested in City Hall or even state-related news coming out of Sacramento, forget it. Not a single local station even has a correspondent in Sacramento. Yet these same clowns sent remote crews to "cover" the trapped miners in Pennsylvania and, of all things, the death of Princess Di.

    But real, genuine news related to California or Los Angeles? One's only broadcast source for that is one of the local PBS affiliates.

    My problem, therefore, is that I don't get enough news. Fortunately, I read the Los Angeles Times as well as our two alternative weeklies.
     
  6. Jason Seaver

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    Well, we don't get enough news here in New England, either. Too many newscasts, not enough news. [​IMG]
    And that's before you even get into the "Stormwatch" stuff that will be starting in December. People must like it, but good lord, it's like the stations think that none of us who live in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts either expect or know how to deal with harsh weather...
     
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  8. Lew Crippen

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    I almost never watch news on TV. Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition do very well at keeping me informed. Besides I have a crush on Susan Stamberg.
     

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