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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 2, 1998
The continual tug-of-war for local ratings supremacy swung decidedly in favor of WJZ, Channel 13, last month, as the folks at Eyewitness News finished first in four of the five daily news slots and in a virtual tie for the fifth with rival WBAL, Channel 11.For the November sweeps, WJZ finished on top at 6 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. At 5 p.m., the two stations had almost identical numbers, with WBAL garnering a 9.31 rating, WJZ a 9.26. Each ratings point equals about 10,000 viewing households, meaning WBAL and WJZ were separated by an estimated 500 households in a market of nearly 1 million.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | May 26, 2008
The Hollywood writers' strike safely behind them, Baltimore's TV watchers are flocking back to the network affiliates, with viewing levels up 2.3 percent over last year, according to figures released this week by A.C. Nielsen, a national ratings firm. The increase marked the first time since May of last year that overall ratings had gone up during the "sweeps" months of February, May and November, when stations traditionally put on their best programming and set advertising rates. In February, for instance, the overall audience was down 3 percent from a year ago. In November, the audience was down 5 percent.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | April 24, 2002
As seasons turn and stomachs churn during the May television sweeps period, hyper-friendly WJZ is preparing to claim a harder edge for its newscasts - and make changes in its news team. In promotional spots scheduled to start this weekend, the channel that has profitably traded on its anchors as personalities for decades will now advertise itself as "Baltimore's News Station." That might not seem like a seismic shift: Until recently, WJZ (Channel 13) has labeled itself "Baltimore's Favorite News Station" and "Baltimore's Favorite Station."
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By David Zurawik | March 4, 2005
February was a good month for WBAL-TV (Channel 11), as the local NBC affiliate turned in one of its strongest sweeps performances in years. The station's local newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weeknights drew larger audiences than those of its chief competitors, WJZ (Channel 13) and WMAR (Channel 2), combined. In late news at 11 p.m., WBAL topped its nearest rival, WJZ, by two ratings points (20,500 area TV households). "By any objective measure, anyone looking at the February ratings would have to conclude that the pre-eminent news organization in Baltimore at this time is WBAL-TV," said Bill Fine, the station's general manager.
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November 19, 1996
An article in Thursday's Business section incorrectly reported that WJZ-TV's annual sales are about $180 million. That figure is actually the total advertising revenue for the Baltimore television market, not just WJZ (Channel 13).The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 11/19/96
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | February 4, 2005
For the first time in two decades, WJZ-TV (Channel 13) is not the leader in morning news. Baltimore's new favorite station to wake up to is WBAL-TV (Channel 11), with its team of Stan Stovall, Mindy Basara, Neal Estano and Sarah Caldwell. The end of the morning reign of WJZ's Don Scott and Marty Bass is the big news of the January Nielsen ratings race, which ended this week. WBAL didn't beat WJZ by much in the morning - 20 percent vs. 17 percent of the audience from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., and 24 percent vs. 22 percent from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. But Bill Fine, president of WBAL, is right in calling the win a "historic moment" for WBAL.
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By Eric Siegel | December 1, 1990
An article yesterday in The Sun on layoffs at WJZ-TV said Steve Aveson of "Evening Magazine" was included in layoffs that took effect last week. In fact, Mr. Aveson was not included in the first round of layoffs and will remain with the station at least until Dec. 28.Also, the article should have said that Mr. Aveson worked as co-host on "Evening Magazine" for the first 3 1/2 years at Channel 13.At the time the article was written, a spokeswoman for WJZ...
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 10, 1996
It's a fundamental law of the media universe: the worse the weather, the better the audience for television news. So far, the Blizzard of '96 is no exception.Sunday morning at 10 a.m., for example, when all three network affiliates were head-to-head with snow coverage, televisions in 411,000 Baltimore area homes were tuned to the three newscasts. That's 42 percent of all the homes in the market.By way of comparison, the combined audience for all the broadcast stations and cable channels in Baltimore on a typical Sunday is only about 304,000 homes, according to A.C. Nielsen.
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By David Zurawik | March 4, 2005
February was a good month for WBAL-TV (Channel 11), as the local NBC affiliate turned in one of its strongest sweeps performances in years. The station's local newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weeknights drew larger audiences than those of its chief competitors, WJZ (Channel 13) and WMAR (Channel 2), combined. In late news at 11 p.m., WBAL topped its nearest rival, WJZ, by two ratings points (20,500 area TV households). "By any objective measure, anyone looking at the February ratings would have to conclude that the pre-eminent news organization in Baltimore at this time is WBAL-TV," said Bill Fine, the station's general manager.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | November 29, 2001
A city circuit court judge has dismissed seven of eight charges in a defamation lawsuit filed last year by March Funeral Homes West Inc., against WJZ-TV. The suit arose from a pair of stories broadcast by CBS-owned WJZ (Channel 13) in October 1999 about a grieving woman's fears that her late husband's casket had been improperly handled at the gravesite. The funeral home, at the time a significant advertiser on the station, claimed the stories by reporters Suzanne Collins and Alex Demetrick blamed March for work done by a veterans cemetery staff.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | February 4, 2005
For the first time in two decades, WJZ-TV (Channel 13) is not the leader in morning news. Baltimore's new favorite station to wake up to is WBAL-TV (Channel 11), with its team of Stan Stovall, Mindy Basara, Neal Estano and Sarah Caldwell. The end of the morning reign of WJZ's Don Scott and Marty Bass is the big news of the January Nielsen ratings race, which ended this week. WBAL didn't beat WJZ by much in the morning - 20 percent vs. 17 percent of the audience from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., and 24 percent vs. 22 percent from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. But Bill Fine, president of WBAL, is right in calling the win a "historic moment" for WBAL.
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By Faith Hayden and Faith Hayden,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2002
Looking to expand on its claim to be "Baltimore's News Station," WJZ-TV announced yesterday that it will add an hour of late-afternoon news to its evening newscast lineup. The move, tentatively scheduled for the beginning of the fall season, would make WJZ (Channel 13) the first local station to offer a regular hourlong news show at 4 p.m. It would give WJZ three straight hours of local news programming from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and would be the only 4 p.m. newscast locally outside of Washington.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | April 24, 2002
As seasons turn and stomachs churn during the May television sweeps period, hyper-friendly WJZ is preparing to claim a harder edge for its newscasts - and make changes in its news team. In promotional spots scheduled to start this weekend, the channel that has profitably traded on its anchors as personalities for decades will now advertise itself as "Baltimore's News Station." That might not seem like a seismic shift: Until recently, WJZ (Channel 13) has labeled itself "Baltimore's Favorite News Station" and "Baltimore's Favorite Station."
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | November 29, 2001
A city circuit court judge has dismissed seven of eight charges in a defamation lawsuit filed last year by March Funeral Homes West Inc., against WJZ-TV. The suit arose from a pair of stories broadcast by CBS-owned WJZ (Channel 13) in October 1999 about a grieving woman's fears that her late husband's casket had been improperly handled at the gravesite. The funeral home, at the time a significant advertiser on the station, claimed the stories by reporters Suzanne Collins and Alex Demetrick blamed March for work done by a veterans cemetery staff.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | September 7, 2000
The Maryland State Lottery has decided to back WJZ (Channel 13) for a new, five-year contract to broadcast its nightly drawings, the state agency yesterday informed the three Baltimore stations that contended for the multimillion-dollar deal. Details have not been released, as terms of the contract are being kept private in anticipation of review by the state Board of Public Works later this fall. Both WBAL-TV (Channel 11) and WMAR (Channel 2) also sought the contract. "We've just informed the proposers of the recommendation," said Buddy Roogow, director of the state lottery.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
With the latest TV ratings period set to close tonight, the local news numbers look like they'll remain pretty much the same, save for promising signs of life from long-dormant WMAR, Channel 2. Preliminary numbers through Monday show WJZ, Channel 13, increasing its lead at 11 p.m. and taking over the top spot at 6 p.m., while WBAL, Channel 11, maintains its lead at 5 p.m. But while WMAR remains a distant third in all three time periods, its 11 p.m....
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | May 26, 2008
The Hollywood writers' strike safely behind them, Baltimore's TV watchers are flocking back to the network affiliates, with viewing levels up 2.3 percent over last year, according to figures released this week by A.C. Nielsen, a national ratings firm. The increase marked the first time since May of last year that overall ratings had gone up during the "sweeps" months of February, May and November, when stations traditionally put on their best programming and set advertising rates. In February, for instance, the overall audience was down 3 percent from a year ago. In November, the audience was down 5 percent.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1997
The game remains the same.The local news rating game, that is.WBAL, Channel 11, is maintaining its status as king of the hill at 11 p.m. (For the 10th ratings book in a row), while WJZ, Channel 13, remains dominant in the morning and the two continue to slug it out in the early evening.You'd think that one station would exert its dominance, much as WJZ did for years. But that's not happening -- especially at 5 p.m. weekdays, where the two stations keep trading off the top spot."That's about as close a race as you're going to find in decades," says Phil Stoltz, vice president and general manager at WBAL, "especially at 6, where less than a ratings point separates the two stations."
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By Mike Adams | November 14, 1999
I'LL ADMIT IT, I fell victim to the hype. On the day "The Early Show," made its debut I got up earlier than usual and walked the dog. Then I rushed home and planted myself in front of the TV.When the clock struck 7, I expected to see Bryant Gumbel go head-to-head against "Good Morning America" and his former colleagues, Matt Lauer and Katie Couric on the "Today" show. At first, I wasn't too concerned when Don Scott and Marty Bass hung around past 7; I thought they'd eventually fade away. They didn't.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 30, 1999
Bryant Gumbel returns to morning television Monday as the star of a new CBS morning program, "The Early Show." And, while CBS News is running a publicity blitz with everyone including Gumbel saying the right things, the truth is that there are all sorts of questions connected with the new show, and expectations are, in fact, relatively low. You need look no further than Baltimore for evidence of the real let's-wait-and-see attitude with which...
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