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Quick Takes: Have local newscasts gotten better since Sept. 11?

Jan 7, 2002  •  Post A Comment

“I think that the nation is now in a period of forced maturity, and that is quite naturally being reflected in local newscasts. In Los Angeles, where I live, the frivolous and the trivial still thrive, but now there is an air of restraint that wasn’t there before.”
Jim Endrst, syndicated TV critic, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant
“I think it’s clear now that even a tragedy like 9/11, in the long run, won’t be a serious influence on the way news is covered. Local TV news is still too hampered by competition, network shilling and financial restraints to make a significant leap in quality.”
Neal Justin, television critic, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Newscasts in the Bay area have gotten more serious and I think a little better by virtue of that. But the broadcasts generally don’t have any deeper insight or perspective, unfortunately.”
Mike Antonucci, pop culture writer, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News