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Stations Looking Hard at News

Apr 13, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Local television stations with underperforming news broadcasts are taking a hard look at the need for keeping the shows, Broadcasting & Cable reports. One example is WYOU-TV in northeastern Pennsylvania, which said on April 3 that it had cut its newscasts and laid off the news department after failing to lift ratings, the trade paper says. “At some stations, it’s simply not very profitable—or it’s totally unprofitable, and the station is not making money because of the cost of news,” SmithGeiger Senior VP Mark Toney tells the publication.
—Aimee Picchi

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  1. What the heck ever happened to serve the public interest? We all saw what happened when the FCC, in the interests of deregulation stopped requiring radio to present local news.. and today we are seeing in the overall economy what happens when deregulation becomes the public policy of the day. I hope the FCC wakes up and steps in.

  2. What the heck ever happened to serve the public interest? We all saw what happened when the FCC, in the interests of deregulation stopped requiring radio to present local news.. and today we are seeing in the overall economy what happens when deregulation becomes the public policy of the day. I hope the FCC wakes up and steps in.

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