New York City’s job data for February is scheduled to be released tomorrow.
Local News A No Journalism Zone
Local news is no more than light headline reading service with weather, traffic and sports reports. While nobody can name one single story Sue Simmons broke she was paid by NBC $5 million a year. TV and radio stations rely on the local newspaper for most of their news. As Simmons was paid millions the newspapers her writers copied for her to read, lost their jobs because of their declining circulation and advertising revenue. The writers fired were at best paid 10% of what Simmons was paid. Making local news even more clueless experienced local TV Reporters are "let go" to save money. This is a national cost cutting trend in local television news that can only make TV news' already weakened ability to go beyond rip and read news content even weaker. Viewers are not happy about the abrupt end of the television career of Sue Simmons. * Simmons’ $5M salary, 'antics' led to WNBC ditching her: sources(NYP) * Station to Oust Anchor, Ending ‘Chuck and Sue’(NYT) * Times Puts Sue Simmons' Departure on Front Page. Remains Mum on Departure of its Own Bob Herbert.(Brooklyn Ron)
So what happens to those "rip and read" younger inexperienced broadcasters as print staffs shrivel amid the draconian layoffs strafing the newspaper industry? More fluff and happy news. The younger TV reporters often from out of town lacking contacts and knowledge, avoid indepth stories and are often misled by flacks on important stories about government, politics and corruption. Today, most Americans say they get most of their information from local television news.
Murrow: TV is A Box That Can Illuminate or Merely Wires and Lights
How well are local broadcasters living up to the public interest promises they made in order to get their FCC licenses? Edward R. Murrow answered that question 50 years ago. “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box."Today's Corporate Owners of Local TV Stations are interested in the bottom line $$$, not informing the public. Special interests PAC $$$ are more important to them that government reform and an end to corruption. Local TV stations stand to profit from boom in super-PAC spending (The Hill)