Raycom’s CBS affiliate and Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Cleveland have agreed to jointly cover basic events, including news conferences, court hearings, groundbreaking ceremonies and other planned public events. The goal is to cut cost and free up resources for enterprise reporting, they say.
In what’s beginning to look an industry trend, two network affiliated stations in Cleveland — Raycom WOIO (CBS) and Gannett’s WKYC (NBC) — are launching a news sharing arrangement to cost cut and free up crews for enterprise reporting.
Videographers from either station will cover basic events of mutual interest including news conferences, court hearings, groundbreaking ceremonies and other planned public events.
“This new collaboration will allow both stations to shift more resources towards enterprise stories that support our individual style of news gathering,” said Brooke Spectorsky, president and GM of WKYC.
“We, like all businesses, are looking for ways to be more efficient without compromising the fine work being done by our reporters and anchors,” said Bill Applegate, VP and GM of WOIO.
Other stations are looking at pooling arrangements, mostly notably NBC and Fox. They combined resources in Philadelphia last year and say they plan to do it in other markets where they both have stations: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Washington.