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Ch.2, Ch.4 Treat Tobe’s Hiring Differently

Ted Koppel This is what I‘m thinking: What a difference a few minutes makes on local TV news. Channel 2’s Scott Brown did a 6 p.m. news report Monday on the appointment of Richard Tobe as deputy county executive by County Executive Mark Poloncarz after Channel 2′s introduction by anchor Marissa ...
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Mystery of the Holiday Promos Uncovered

Mitt Romney: A Bad Bet? Call it the Holiday Tale of the Dueling Promos. Channel 2 has begun running holiday promos that have had some of my blog readers questioning whether they were inspired by (or copying) the old Channel 4 holiday promos that were noticeable by their absence until this past weekend. Not ...
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WBBZ in Classic Ratings Battle with 2 Weak Stations

Morey Amsterdam, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore Perry Mason, Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke want to clear up one of the final mysteries from the November sweeps: How did WBBZ, which airs classic shows, do? The buzz is positive for Owner Phil Arno’s channel. WBBZ is no threat to the Big Four ...
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Holiday Mystery at Ch.4; Ch.2 Revises Noon Show

Madonna This is what I’m thinking: What happened to those syrupy holidays promos that Channel 4 traditionally has run this time of year? That’s what some of my blog readers have asked in the last few days. The questions even have come from some readers who have ridiculed the promos that primarily ...
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Ch. 4 Has Bang Up November in Prime

Emily VanCamp CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” has rocked Western New York, while Fox’s “The X-Factor” has fallen like a rock here. Those are two of the stories to come out of the local prime time ratings during the recently-concluded November sweeps. “Bang,” which also went into syndication ...
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A Fine Media Mess at Syracuse

Jerry Springer Shortly after the Syracuse University child abuse allegations surfaced last month, former basketball player Danny Schayes accurately referred to the circus surrounding some of the media coverage by saying the story “couldn’t be more Jerry Springerish.” You’d have to go to the ...
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Milch, HBO Sign Deal Post “Luck”

Dustin Hoffman It turns out that television critics are going to be out of luck when it comes to the Dec. 11 sneak preview of Buffalo native David Milch’s next HBO series, “Luck.” The pay-cable network doesn’t plan to send out a DVD of the pilot before the premiere of the series that stars Dustin ...
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Another Fox Comedy to Hate

Image via Wikipedia Inquiring minds want to know: Why is Fox premiering “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” at 9:30 tonight after the conclusion of the November sweeps when the other networks are primarily airing concerts, Christmas specials and repeats? It could be because Fox executives hate the show ...
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Thanksgiving Weekend Leftovers

Leftovers after the Thanksgiving holidays, with some new commentary served: Image via Wikipedia Say goodbye to Channel 2’s weekend morning anchor Josh Boose. He’s leaving the local NBC affiliate for a similar job in his native Cleveland. Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said he will be replaced ...
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Ch.4 Wins News Sweeps But Ch.2 Also Celebrates

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Despite the loss of Oprah Winfrey as the early news lead-in, despite being the only local newscast not in high definition and despite replacing veteran reporters with people barely out of college, Channel 4 remains the news leader. The CBS affiliate won the November ...
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