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June 5, 1991
The answers to our questions about Channel 45's new ''News at 10'' indicate that viewers are very much in favor of earlier late news.Seventy-four percent of 686 callers said they watched Monday night's debut broadcast. A whopping 88 percent (598) said the idea of a newscast at 10 p.m. appealed to them.Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Earlier this year, I wrote about PBS "NewsHour" losing almost half its audience the last eight years and now averaging under a million viewers a night. I attributed that in part to the program not actually reporting news as much as talking to reporters and analysts about news that had already been reported on other outlets. Tuesday night, as I was cycling through the nightly newscasts, I came upon something even I couldn't remember seeing: A last half of the "NewsHour" that consisted of two stories that had already aired somewhere else and one interview segment that I would be generous in describing as an infomercial for PBS. Think about that for a second, two rerun stories -- one of which ran almost three months ago, and an interview that shamelessly promoted another PBS program.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 2, 1991
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They've been rehearsing for a week now, shuffling in each night about 9:30 and working -- on lighting, script-reading and a thousand technical things -- until 6:30 in the morning.The country, or at least the night owls and insomniacs among us, will see the results of all this labor at 2 a.m. Monday, when NBC finally launches its overnight newscast from Charlotte. (Channel 2 in Baltimore will air only 85 minutes of four-hour program, from 3:05 a.m. to:30 a.m.)"NBC Nightside" will feature anchor Sara James and two others reading news updates and introducing taped reports.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
“PBS NewsHour,” once one of the nation's most influential broadcasts, is on the brink of marginalization - if not extinction. And for those of us who believe TV needs at least one noncommercial, nightly, national newscast in these increasingly corporate times, that's a cause for concern. The “NewsHour” has lost 48 percent of its audience in the past eight years, going from an average audience of 2.5 million viewers a night in 2005 to 1.3 million in fiscal year 2013 (PBS shows are measured in fiscal years)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
WBAL-TV, which has seen a drop in its year-to-year news audience, is adding another newscast on its WBAL Plus (digital channel) starting in March. Baltimore's NBC affiliate will add a 10 p.m. weeknight newscast anchored by Kate Amara on March 5, the station will announce Wednesday. In October, the station added a 7 a.m. newscast on WBAL Plus. So far, the ratings have been minimal, according to Nielsen data. But Dan Joerres, station general manager, says the newscast is beating some of "the cable channels" in that time period.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2003
WMAR-TV evacuated its Anneslie offices and went off the air for a half-hour during yesterday evening's newscast after smoke billowing from a car parked outside was sucked into the building, triggering fire alarms and sprinklers. None of the 80 employees inside Baltimore's ABC affiliate was injured. Drew Berry, the general manager, said props, file footage and electronic equipment may have been damaged by the smoke and water, and the station lost revenue by not being able to show commercials.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Televison Critic | October 5, 1990
WBAL-TV (Channel 11) has hired a new anchorwoman and shuffled its first-string lineup in a way that makes her almost as visible at the 11 o'clock anchor desk as Rod Daniels and Pat Minarcin. Carolyn McEnrue, 30, joined Channel 11 in September and is now anchoring the station's top newscast three nights a week -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (She also serves as a reporter on her non-anchor work days.)The Friday broadcast makes her more than a new weekend anchor. The pairing of her and Daniels on an expanded Sunday newscast is a dramatic change from the way local television news has traditionally been presented in Baltimore.
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By Bill Carter and Bill Carter,New York Times | January 11, 1991
Starting this Monday, the NBC television station in Washington, Channel 4, will start a weeknight newscast at 7:30 -- but on a rival station, Channel 50.In Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Channel 16 has already expanded its news operation to provide a half-hour newscast each weeknight at 10 -- on Channel 38.In effect, each station is competing with itself, and the moves indicate how drastically television is changing at the local level as stations try to respond to...
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 18, 1992
Baltimore area viewers want their early evening local news. And WMAR-TV (Channel 2) has what they want.That's one of the messages that came through loud and clear with release of the advance local ratings for January, from A.C. Nielsen. Channel 2's audience at 5 continued to grow last month and is now twice as large as the audience for reruns of "Golden Girls" and "Who's the Boss?" on WBAL-TV (Channel 11). Channel 11 canceled its 5 o'clock news in September and replaced it with the entertainment programs.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 23, 1991
NEW YORK AIDS activists rushed onto the sets of the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and PBS's "MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour" last night, disrupting the live broadcasts with their protests about the lack of news coverage of AIDS during the Persian Gulf crisis.As Rather was beginning the CBS evening newscast, one protester jumped in front of the camera, shouting, "Fight AIDS, not Arabs!" The camera shifted off Rather and then momentarily went to black.Rather later mentioned the incident on the air, saying, "I want to apologize to you for the way the broadcast came on the air tonight.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
(Updates at end with response from NewsHour) With the word Tuesday that "NewsHour" was shutting down offices and laying off employees, it's time to ask the question: Just how much of the this one-time PBS bedrock is actually left? In fact, let's go a step further and ask if it is even accurate to call it a nightly newscast any more -- and if what's left is worth trying to save? I know I've been avoiding asking those questions for at least four years even though they begged to be asked.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Two years ago as he was about to take over a ratings-battered and beleaguered newscast from Katie Couric, Scott Pelley told me he thought great journalism in the traditional sense of that term could still be good business despite the epic change rocking TV news. Today, on his second anniversary in the anchor seat once held by Walter Cronkite, Pelley and the folks at CBS News can point to a record of solid growth at a time when most in the legacy media business are just hoping to stem the rate of decline.
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October 24, 2012
WBFF Fox 45 is planning to launch weekend morning news programs starting Jan. 20, according to Bill Fanshawe, the station's general manager. The news programs will air from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Sundays. Fox has a newscast from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. "I'm just working around the network schedule," Fanshawe said in an email, explaining the break in the local broadcast during the 9 o'clock hour. As for anchors, "We haven't named any talent yet," Fanshawe said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
WBAL-TV, which has seen a drop in its year-to-year news audience, is adding another newscast on its WBAL Plus (digital channel) starting in March. Baltimore's NBC affiliate will add a 10 p.m. weeknight newscast anchored by Kate Amara on March 5, the station will announce Wednesday. In October, the station added a 7 a.m. newscast on WBAL Plus. So far, the ratings have been minimal, according to Nielsen data. But Dan Joerres, station general manager, says the newscast is beating some of "the cable channels" in that time period.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2012
Local TV news ratings in Baltimore are rarely news. The market has been dominated for a long time by a back-and-forth battle between WJZ and WBAL. Since the mid-1990s, most years ended in some version of a split decision, with both stations claiming victory. It was all mind-numbingly predictable. Then, last week, came a set of Nielsen numbers for January showing WJZ (Channel 13) scoring a clean sweep over WBAL (Channel 11) - winning every competitive news time period. That defines dominance.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
WJZ -TV enjoyed one of its most successful ratings books ever in January winning all competitive weekday news time periods with viewers 25 to 54 years of age, the demographic on which most TV news ad sales are made. WJZ also won in total viewers in those time periods. The CBS-owned station was Baltimore's leader at 5 and 6 a.m. in the locally-produced newscasts that precede network morning shows. WJZ was also number one at noon, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. The last time that happened was in 2008, when WBAL, WJZ's long-time rival, topped all newscasts.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 22, 1995
"The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather and Connie Chung" was supposed to have a local flavor for Baltimore viewers tonight. Chung was scheduled to co-anchor the broadcast from WJZ -- CBS' Baltimore affiliate -- to give the station a ratings boost on the final week of May sweeps.Instead, Rather will be anchoring alone tonight, and it looks as if Chung is out of a job altogether.CBS News President Eric Ober announced Saturday that, as of today, Rather would be anchoring alone. Furthermore, Ober said, Chung's future at the network was uncertain.
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By David Zurawik | October 1, 1990
CBS News will launch a new late- night newscast tonight, which will go head to head with ABC's "Nightline" in many cities.But in Baltimore, "America Tonight," with hosts Lesley Stahl in Washington and Charles Kuralt in New York, will debut at midnight on WBAL-TV (Channel 11), following reruns of "Who's the Boss?"CBS gave its affiliates the option of carrying the broadcast live at 11:30 p.m. or taping it and airing it later, which will keep it out of direct competition with "Nightline."The show grew out of a series of special CBS News broadcasts, "Showdown in the Gulf," which CBS aired Aug. 29 and 30 and Sept.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
It was deja vu all over again for viewers of WJZ-TV's 11 p.m. news who had watched the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" earlier Tuesday. Instead of seeing the Baltimore faces of Denise Koch and Vic Carter at 11 p.m. after a night of CBS new-season programming Tuesday, viewers found the station running seven minutes of Pelley's network broadcast that had aired at 7 p.m. How does that happen at a network-owned station? Here is the explanation from K.C. Robertson, WJZ spokesperson: “The station's main production switcher experienced a critical failure late Tuesday evening," Robertson said in an email response to the Sun. "The equipment failure prevented the news broadcast from starting on time at 11p.m.  Between 11p.m.
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