Saturday, July 22, 2006

WYOU format overhaul delayed?

WYOU's new "Dialing for News" set has been delivered, but don't expect to see anything next month. According to a tipster, WYOU's "interactive" format may not be ready until October. Why? The set may be in, but Nexstar hasn't hired the extra reporters it needs. What's that saying about not biting off more than you can chew?

And if the rumors are true, then WYOU may want to hire a fat Scottish engineer to compliment their "Dialing for News" set. A tipster reports the set looks like the Starship Enterprise. Beam those resumes up, Scotty!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think someone used the term "stillborn" to describe the changes at 50. This delay is just the beginning of yet another Nexstar disaster. And how about Shimkus consulting this mess? Here's a guy under whose leadership WYOU proudly sports a 3 share(at best), and they think he's got the goods to consult their future moves.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know he's a convenient target, but does anyone really believe Shimkus is the architect of WYOU's troubles?

So it was Shimkus who dreamed up "shared services," who closed down the Scranton building, who slashed the budget, who ordered the layoffs? Shimkus who killed off YOU's morning and noon newscasts? Shimkus who draws up a bare-bones budget that won't allow 22 to pay competitive salaries? Shimkus who has turned this into an entry-level market?

John Dittmeier is happy to have you think so.

It's easy to overlook Dittmeier's hand in all this. That's because he's never on the first floor, never watches the news, and doesn't know the names of two-thirds of his own staff.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Starship", eh ? Sounds hi-tech. Can't wait to see it.

"Nexstar disaster" ? That's been going around for a long time, and yet they survive. I think 1:40pm has sour grapes to squeeze.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shimkus + Dittmeier + Krisulewicz = Puppets for Perry Sook.

End of discussion.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole damn situation is funny from the outside.

I get my news from several sources, including the "slanderous" (as referred to by a councilwoman in Scranton) site, NEP and the TL.

The site not only had the information on the recent police arbitration ruling a day earlier, they also had a link to the complete ruling the same day.

Reading that ruling and what was printed in the TT gives the reader two completely different versions of the story and a piss poor impression of the TT.

The TL also has Scranton news you will never find in the TT.

Tie the TT to YOU and BRE and what do you have? Not News but Olds, old, incomplete, censored and editorial in nature.

Anyone who doubts the ties that bind the news alliance has to look no farther than Andrews. How can an organization claim any independence when a man running for office is employed by them in any capacity, especially as a consultant?

Perception is everything in this business and Andrews is about as hard to miss as a barn on the top of a hill. He's there, we know he's there. Every reporter knows he's there. From opinion to control, he's there. Regardless of the reality of his position and influence, he's there.

When it comes to the veracity of news, I go one better. I take in what interests me and then I dig a little deeper to find out what actually is going on and it will be a cold day in hell before I take anything the News Alliance dishes out without checking its veracity and that includes the obits.

Before you make comments about tin foil hats, think long and hard about why NEP is the leader. They got rid of problems like Andrews. They spend money. They guard their image. Granted, they like the light schlock but they'll spend money on it.

It doesn't take a media genius to realize what is going on here. Nexstar is bleeding the ugly sisters dry and until the money dries up, it will get cheaper and cheaper. Cheap doesn't care who it associates with because the money matters. Being involved in community projects is cheap exposure.

One day soon, you will see a rerun of "Who's the Boss" in place of the 6 pm news. That is, if the syndication price is low enough.

The sad part is, no one will notice except us fools who follow this soap opera, watching our friends and colleagues move on to other markets.

You know the drill... will the last one out please turn out the lights?

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:22 PM - If I'd spent the day working on capsulizing just what in hell is going on in this market, you'd still make me look like I was standing still. Perfection, utter perfection. You knocked it downtown, nailed it. And for that, thank you. Now, about all those non-believers...oh, wait, WYOU has a 3 and an asterisk on one their shows. Jesus, the guys up in master control aren't even watching...

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I clearly remember the "new" WBRE set coming in...WOW did THAT bring up the numbers. NOT! The set was too big and had to be cut to get it into the building and cost BIG bucks. Too bad Nextstar didn't use some of that big cash to pay their employees.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delays? The WYOU web site says the station is still looking for an anchor for it's "non-traditional" news.

Or...maybe...the station hasn't lined up enough interview "guests" yet.

Munley, Munley & Carwright became the daily "guests" on "The Law & You" only after they promised to buy a healthy schedule of ads on 22.

Let's see, perhaps one night we could have a "guest" from Geisinger on explaining why you don't want to go to Wilkes-Barre General.

Blue Cross spends plenty already on the "Million Pound Meltdown." Maybe they could be "coaxed" into supplying a "guest" to talk about health insurance.

Did you know the produce at Shur-Save causes food poisoning? Maybe a "guest" from Weiss Markets can explain.

I wonder what kind of car to buy? What kind of tires to put on it? Where to send my kid to college?

What stories do viewers want to see? What am I bid?

Just wondering.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, if The Reverend Shimkus loses in the Fall, he'll be all good to as a spiritual adviser for the new format, probably charging by the minute...

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I entered this thread hoping to find some intelligent discussion and some insight into the new WYOU format. Instead, I find more pathetic losers bashing Shimkus, despite the fact that his name is not mentioned anywhere on the Original Post/front page.

Beale's Bites = 0 credibility

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of formats, I see a WBRE promo promising the reinvention of the wheel and featuring four shadowy figures wandering around in the dark.

Aside from being a metaphor for all of Nexstar, maybe it means they coldn't pay their light bill.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead, I find more pathetic losers bashing Shimkus,

As a lawyer would argue, this is relevant information, any objection would be overruled. Move along, counseler...

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beale's Bites = 0 credibility

10:30 AM

Don't hate the game, hate the players. It's people that suck. We got assholes at our place still kicking a guy that's been gone for two weeks. We get it, you hated the guy, or working with him.

Shit, it ain't the blog!

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We got assholes at our place still kicking a guy that's been gone for two weeks.

Shouldn't that be singular, not plural, as in asshole, one asshole? And for most of us DeathStar convicts, we know who that is...

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We got assholes at our place still kicking a guy that's been gone for two weeks.

Shouldn't that be singular, not plural, as in asshole, one asshole? And for most of us DeathStar convicts, we know who that is...

11:16 PM


11:39 AM  
Blogger Doyle said...

I may be late to the game here, but it actually sounds exciting. Why not try something fresh since the old way isn't cutting it in the market (even if it takes a while to get up and running)?
It seems WYOU bashing is a very easy thing for many here to do. Why not wait and see what this looks like? Stations that are #1 in thier market don't often change much, until they have lost the #1 status. Innovation pops up in the unlikeliest of places, give WYOU a chance.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stations that are #1 in thier market don't often change much...

Which is the main reasons they remain #1. People don't like change, and skip the crap about aging demos here, it's universal in the world of local news. Part of WNEP's dominance is that they simply don't make startling and stupid changes, while the other two outlets have a long history of doing so. Corny as it'll sound, it's true - change only means things will be different, it brings with it absoltuely no guranatee that things will be better.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it doesn't sound like the change could really make things much worse over there. So maybe it's for the better.
For someone that uses the internet (you weren't 10 years ago were you? )you seem to have adapted to change. The only ones resistent to change are the elderly demos, they are a huge share here. But in a few years that audience may be half it's size as age takes it's toll.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only ones resistent to change are the elderly demos...

That is absolute rubbish, and every successful news manager in this country knows it's rubbish. Try reading, then work on your spelling, fool.

10:36 AM  

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