Seeing that I am in a funny mood this weekend, I don't want to risk offending any of my blog buddies, so I am going to play it sorta straight and go with an idea that reemerged in my mind this morning.
I have a few who read this blog who have been employed in television in Northeast Ohio. Most of the folks whom I associate with on the Ohio media discussion boards are "old school," and I am as well.
By "old school," I mean that I prefer my local news 1/2 hour. Nowadays, we get as much as 2-1/2 hours of what is called "local news." Local news could be same stories as much as 4 times, American Idol happenings, "dirty dining," someone painting road kill, or many other things designed to further dumb down society.
We just got through "November Sweeps" and were treated to gems, such as the "Orgasm Diet." A few years back Spencer Tunick was in Cleveland to do a mass nude photography session. One of the participants was a news anchor from one of the local TV stations. The station did a feature on this and aired it during November sweeps. Only problem is this shoot happened in June.
Another TV station had an anchor who was on vacation in Florida. She participated in a wet t-shirt contest and had removed the t-shirt and danced on the bar. Only problem was someone taped her performance and put it on the Internet. She was fired by the station she worked at in Youngstown. She reemerged in Cleveland at the same station where the other "nude anchor" worked.
Do we need all this material? Does this news entertainment send you elsewhere for information? Does the news in your location have "features" that insult your intelligence? If you comment, please also give your location and the market you get your local TV news from.