Houston station KIAH-TV will debut a novel news format in January designed by Lee Abrams, the former Tribune Co. chief innovation officer who resigned in October after sending an inappropriate company-wide email, reports the Houston Chronicle.
In a series of emailed responses with the Chronicle, Abrams said the goal of the format, called NewsFix, is "to try something completely different and find our own position. It’s really all about competing through differentiation." He added, "I would suspect they might look to get out of the news business" if NewsFix doesn’t help draw more viewers.
Asked about whether he has regrets about sending the Tribune email, which included an Onion video showing drunken half-naked women, Abrams wrote: "Apparently it was a mistake, and I apologized for it though I suspect deeper political reasons for the reaction." He added, "I believe it was deliberately taken out of context and deliberately overpublicized to further a control agenda at the company."