“This is all things coming together at the same time,” Harris told The Post. “It’s a great opportunity for me personally and a perfect match for the company. Everything is aligned. It is incredibly bittersweet because of the affection I have for Denver.”
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A few years ago we reported on Scripps Television’s decision to swap ”Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”, two hugely popular syndicated game shows, for programming they produced. Back in 2012, the company brought in two of their own shows so they could have more control over their content (and not have to pay those pesky syndication fees).
Well, it looks like it’s happening again.
The Denver Post reports that ABC affiliate KMGH will lose “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” on September 8, to be replaced by a new 6:00 p.m. newscast and a half-hour newsmagazine, a Scripps-produced show called “The List.” According to a KMGH press release, the new show’s “upbeat, fast-paced style brings viewers non-stop weather coverage and the very latest on developing stories from the studio and in the streets.”
We reached out to KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy to see if other Scripps stations will be adopting this model in the coming months. He did not immediately respond to our email.
Mike Landess, anchor at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, will anchor his final newscast at 10 p.m. August 28. Landess announced his decision to step down in May, and Denver Post TV critic Joanne Ostrow says next Thursday will be the day:
The station plans nightly tributes to his career next week, honoring in particular his steady presence on-air during the Colorado floods, wildfires and Aurora theater shooting.
Landess has yet to reveal what he’ll do next–or where. But he told Westword local TV has been a special experience, but after fifty years, he’s ready to leave:
“I’ve loved this job,” he emphasizes. “But I’m excited to move on to whatever the next phase is.”
KUSA sports anchor Drew Soicher has apologized after opening his sportscast with a questionable reference to Alzheimer’s disease. “So much talk about Alzheimer’s at Broncos training camp that you wonder if that’s the name of a new player on the roster,” Soicher said, before turning to the news that team owner Pat Bowlen had stepped aside to receive Alzheimer’s treatment.
Soicher, the 9News sports anchor, got the jokey TV rhythm right (sounds like a vaudeville gag) — but the content uncomfortably wrong. His opener blew up as a tasteless one-liner on social media.
Ron Zappolo, the former sports anchor who retired last year as a news anchor is coming back to Denver airwaves.
He’ll be paired with Sam Adams, Denver comedian and sportswriter (for the Rocky Mountain News), to talk sports as a segment within the newscast. The first taping is Friday, to air this weekend.
“We’ll see what develops,” Zappolo said late Tuesday. “Anything’s on the table.”
KUSA President and General Manager Mark Cornetta calls the move an “experiment,” as a way to inject talk about sports, sometimes in a debate style, in the weekend newscast. “As with anything, if it is good, there is the possibility it could expand,” Cornetta said. Read more
While last night’s final Presidential debate may be the most visible example of politicians taking their message to the people, many politicians throughout the country got their chance to show their stuff this election on a much smaller stage, the local TV debate. Which begs the question, can a debate turn an election even on a local level and, most importantly, are they still relevant?
“I do think they are relevant,” Dennis House, anchor for Hartford, CT CBS affiliate WFSB, told TVSpy. “Even in a small state like Connecticut where the odds are greater that you will meet a candidate, it is still important to see them in action debating the issues.”
Dan Bradley, president and general manager of NBC affiliate WCMH in Columbus agrees. “I believe journalists have a responsibility to get the candidates to say something beyond their pat stump speeches and reality distorting commercial messages.”
You can watch the first of a series of Connecticut Senatorial debates with Dennis House as moderator after the jump.