Station groups say they will send fewer correspondents to August’s largely virtualized political conventions and centralize their reporting resources. At the same time, they see local coverage opportunities of the conventions expanding, largely down to use of the remote production technology they’ve already been mastering for months during the pandemic.
With the deals involving stations in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Charlotte, N.C., Fox Television Stations expands its footprint to 29 stations across the country. Nexstar says it will use the approximately $240 million of net after-tax proceeds from the deals to reduce borrowings under its credit facilities.
Nexstar will purchase Charlotte, N.C.’s Fox and MNT affiliates for approximately $45 million while Fox will buy Nexstar’s Seattle Fox and MNT affiliates and Milwaukee’s Fox affil for approximately $350 million.
WITI, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, is ahead in social media actions in the market over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. One reason for its dominance is a football team whose home is 120 miles away — the Green Bay Packers. Others include its use of Facebook Live and drone coverage of breaking news.
They are KNXV Phoenix (Scripps), KARE Minneapolis (Tegna), KHOU Houston (Tegna), KNTV San Francisco (NBC) and WITI Milwaukee (Tribune). Also winning awards are ABC News, CBS News and PBS, plus Netflix, HBO and National Geographic Networks. The awards will be presented on Jan. 16, 2018.
The Tribune-owned Fox affiliate is the overall social media winner in the country’s 35th largest market, where all three of the top spots belong to TV stations, according to Shareablee data.
KUSA Denver, KXAN Austin, WDSU New Orleans, KPBS San Diego and WITI Milwaukee will receive the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. Also to be recognized are Hearst TV and investigative journalists at Univision and CNBC.com. Winners were announced today by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
The planned departure of Anne State from WITI doesn’t appear to have caused too many ripples among Milwaukee viewers, who nonetheless do have favorites among local on-air talent.
Guesstimating how many hours of television news air in Milwaukee is a how-much-wood-could-a-woodchuck-chuck calculation since it’s different for each station. By my back-of-envelope calculations, WITI has the most local news — a whopping 10.5 hours per day, if you count its two hourlong, sometimes topical chat shows Real Milwaukee and Studio A, and I reluctantly do.
Milwaukee TV stations covered Sunday’s shootings at a Sikh temple with varying degrees of speed and accuracy. There were conflicting reports of the numbers of victims and gunmen throughout the morning. And WTMJ grappled with a unique dilemma: whether to show news of a breaking local story of national significance or continue with NBC’s Olympics coverage.
In Milwaukee, the market’s online leader, the Journal Sentinel, implemented its metered paywall in January and so far has seen digital subscriptions and revenue grow. Coupled with new apps as part of its JS Everywhere initiative, the paper is intent upon keeping its grip on Milwaukee’s digital scene. But WISN, WITI and WDJT are closing the gap.
Three TV stations in Milwaukee are not only battling it out in the November ratings, but also for Facebook likes. At last check, WISN has 28,605 likes, WTMJ has 43,660, but WITI comes out on top with a whopping 85,153, ranked No.6 in Lost Remote’s leaderboard of the most popular Facebook pages in local TV. Impressive for the nation’s 34th largest market.
Milwaukee police arrest Clint Fillinger at the scene of a house fire on the city’s north side following a confrontation between a Milwaukee police sergeant and the photojournalist.