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Posts Tagged ‘Bob Sullivan’

Scripps Stations Happy With Decision to Drop ‘Wheel’ and ‘Jeopardy’

Scripps Television is standing by its decision to drop syndicated ratings powerhouses “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” from its stations, according to TVNewsCheck.

“There was no scenario where we thought we would immediately replace Wheel and Jeopardy’s ratings,” says Bob Sullivan, vice president of content at Scripps TV station group. “We have to rebuild the time periods. But we’re almost to goal in terms of what we thought we’d be doing — about 88% to estimate and we’re only six weeks into our first year.”

Scripps cut the cord to the two syndicated game shows in seven markets this September and replaced them with two of their own shows, “Let’s Ask America” and “The List.”  But the move may not work for other station groups since Scripps produces both shows. Read more

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B&C: Investigative Reporting Resurgent in Local News

Broadcasting & Cable takes a look (subscription required) today at the resurgent state of investigative journalism in local newsrooms. Three years after the financial collapse, which hit local stations especially hard, B&C finds the conditions of the media landscape are prime for new teams of investigative reporters and producers:

A handful of media trends pave the way for stations to reinvigorate their investigative efforts. First, the sorry state of newspapers, which have lost 30% of their workforce since 2000 according to the Pew Research Center’s recent “State of the Media” survey, opens the door for stations to pick up enterprise reporting slack. The same survey showed local TV is the “outlet of choice” for 55% of respondents, far more than the Internet (16%) and newspapers (14%).

There is no shortage of stories about government waste and civic corruption, but with print newsrooms often a shell of their former selves, there may be a shortage of reporters there to ferret them out. Read more