Now, more than ever before, people are turning to local TV news for information they can trust about the changing conditions in their town, their city, county and state due to the coronavirus. And local TV marketers are responding with messages of hope and optimism, togetherness and kindness. Not the usual themes of local TV news promotion, but maybe the ones we need to hear right now.
Through on-air broadcasts, Facebook updates, and website stories, local TV news operations are providing a reliable source about all the constant changes that seem to happen every minute. Let me know what your station is doing during this crisis. I’ll post updates as I get them.
The one place keeping millions of Americans informed to the rapid disruptions in their daily lives, right down to where they live, is local TV news. And local TV news marketers are reminding viewers of that fact with calm, measured, and reassuring messages.
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Kristen Joyal has been named marketing director of WTLV, (First Coast News), Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla.
That’s because many travelers who may have been exposed to the virus are being quarantined at two locations in Omaha. “It’s not often that you have a midsize television market playing an important part in covering a global story,” said John Livingston, KETV’s creative services director.
The new creative services director for WFLA, Nexstar’s NBC affiliate in Tampa, Fla., is no stranger to the Nexstar Nation. But he’s really new to Tampa. I caught up with Paul Spingola who’s just been on the ground there for three days since starting on Monday. Spingola is making the move to Tampa’s WFLA from another Nexstar station, WTNH, the ABC affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
WBTV’s investigative team is leading the charge with the support of the station’s news director to include the entire newsroom in results-focused journalism. “This is a campaign designed to encourage viewers to turn to us when they need someone on their side,” said Robby Thomas, WBTV’s marketing director.
“The results of All Devices (Part II) have been worth it, and the response online has been incredible,” said Erik Candiani, about WWBT’s latest news promo. “Yes, it took a long time. Yes, it was a pain in the butt to pull off, but, people notice. And that’s our job as marketers, right? Get people to notice.”
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for an experienced marketing/creative services director at the Nexstar CBS-Fox duopoly in a top 25 market, Indianapolis.