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Williams Signing Isn’t TV News Game Changer

This is what I’m thinking: Michelle Beadle: Pro Buffalo The Buffalo Bills’ $100 million signing of free agent Mario Williams that topped local newscasts Thursday wasn’t a game changer in the news ratings. The collective numbers from 5 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. and at 11 p.m. were below the normal ...
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Reality Escapes ABC’s “Missing”

Ashley Judd Viewers will be missing something if they don’t watch tonight’s new Ashley Judd series “Missing” on ABC at 8 p.m. with a large group of people for maximum entertainment value. I could just hear the laughs as Judd fights off much stronger men in her pursuit of her missing son, ...
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Bailey Lands Chicago Job

Former Channel 2 anchor-reporter Marissa Bailey has landed a job in Chicago a few months after leaving Buffalo. Bailey will be a nightside reporter at WBBM-TV, the CBS owned-and-operated station in the No. 3 market in the country. She starts Monday.  Read More →
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What WNY Watches and Ignores

  Emily VanCamp It might be struggling to maintain its local news advantage with its Kiddie Corp, but Channel 4 is riding the appeal of CBS prime time programming to mature viewers (that’s a code word for older) big time. During the recently-concluded February sweeps, Channel 4 had the top eight prime ...
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A “Fashion” Disaster and a “Desperate” Trial

  James Denton with Teri Hatcher No one has ever accused me of being a Fashion Star. But there was that one moment in my Buffalo News career when a fashion makeover was attempted in a story related to the success of the old cable series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The prediction in that ...
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Ch.4 Finally Making Needed Weekend Move

It is time for another episode of “The Interpreter.” Warren Buffett: How Old Is He? I was going to take the day off until I read another story in Channel 4’s public relations arm – a/k/a The Buffalo News – about a husband and wife from Arizona TV stations who are joining the CBS affiliate in ...
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“The Voice” Is Smashing Success Here

  This is what I’m thinking: Here’s a surprise. NBC’s “The Voice” is now more popular in Western New York than Fox’s “American Idol.” Steven Spileberg: One Win, One Loss And here’s a bigger surprise. “The Voice” was even more popular Monday than the Buffalo Sabres big game ...
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A Bounty of Laughable Media Items

Nicolette Sheridan: Desperate Actress   This is what I’m thinking: Lindsay Lohan was no match for the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night. The Sabres’ stunning 5-3 victory over Vancouver averaged an 8.0 rating locally on MSG and peaked at a 9.3. The  game — by far the highest-rated program ...
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The News Becoming TV News

  Bounty System? All three local newscasts at 11 p.m. Sunday led with the story about former Buffalo Bills Coach Gregg Williams apparently having a bounty system here that may have been similar to the one the National Football League has accused Willliams of having when he was the defensive coordinator ...
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Sabres Keep Fans Awake

Ryan Miller: Awakening Fans   If the ratings for the Buffalo Sabres first two games on the West Coast are any indication, there were a lot of sleepy workers Thursday morning and Friday morning and there may be a lot of sleepy churchgoers Sunday morning after tonight’s game in Vancouver. Or to ...
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