Three L.A. Stations To Begin Local News Video Share June 15
Fox, NBC, Trib debut local news service
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/2/2009 3:22:15 PM
The arrangement is set for the trio to share seven days a week, but does not cover the overnight shift. Each station contributes personnel to the pool in the form of photographers and assignment editors. The assignment desk will be housed at KNBC and overseen by KNBC veteran Kris Knutsen.
“The gist of the agreement is that it frees up our news resources to allow them to do more enterprise news stories,” says KTTV VP/General Manager Kevin Hale. “It’s an efficient way to help us put on a better newscast.”
Fox and NBC were the first to debut a formal news share for their stations, officially launching in Philadelphia in January after an extended trial period. The idea behind such shares is to cut costs by limiting the number of crews going to cover standard news events and free them up for more substantial stories.
An arrangement between Fox, Scripps and Gannett for Tampa launched Tuesday.
Stations owned by Fox, NBC and Tribune are also working together in Chicago, along with CBS O&O WBBM. That launched May 11.
KCBS opted out of the Los Angeles agreement, but Hale says stations remain invited to join in the share. “It’s a good example of looking at efficiencies that we all need to look at,” he says.
KTTV and KNBC are also exploring a helicopter share that’s separate from Tuesday’s LNS announcement.
Like most ideas this SHOULD be a good thing in reality it won't. Here's why. The idea is if KABC spends 1 million on newscrews and KTLA spends 1 million on newscrews they are duplicating and wasting money. So the idea is one crew can cover one story and the other can cover another story. But what'll happen is KABC will cut it's budget to 1/2 million for newscrews and so will KTLA. The result will be LESS coverage not more.
EricPost - 6/3/2009 2:14:19 PM EDT
A good idea long overdue. Tribune chief Ed Wilson instituted the same news share concept in Chicago. I suspect he was the driving force here. Are they going to share a news helicopter too? Imagine the money saved with only one chopper following the car chase du jour.
don golden - 6/2/2009 6:24:43 PM EDT
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