Mired in third place in the Dayton, Ohio, news ratings, Sinclair’s WKEF and WRGT — combined and branded as “Dayton 24/7 Now” — were encouraged to experiment with new forms of gathering, delivering and promoting news. It’s working.
Sinclair’s The National Desk, a three-hour morning news program, debuted today on Sinclair’s 190-plus stations. Promising commentary-free news coverage from both local and national perspectives, the program is based out of WJLA’s studios in Washington.
“Most local TV news marketing doesn’t drive viewership.” That’s a startling statement from Marv Danielski, who directs news promotion for Sinclair. But in this Market Share Executive Interview, he reveals what he has found does work in 30 years in the trenches.
In the country’s 85th television market, El Paso, when a major breaking news story like this one happens, it can put enormous pressure on the TV stations there to adequately cover the story. Here’s a picture of how the local stations and their owners responded.
WBFF receives awards across consumer, investigative, public service and feature categories. “We are incredibly proud of our talented roster of journalists who are dedicated to uncovering and elevating important issues in their communities and keeping our viewers informed,” said Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s senior vice president of news.
Sinclair will hold a relief effort, Stand Strong for the Carolinas, all day today encouraging viewers to help those struggling to rebuild. As part of the push, Sinclair will match the first $100,000 of the funds raised nationally.
Two TV stations in Chico-Redding, Calif., KRCR and KHSL, devoted a combined 230 hours of continuous live coverage on television starting last Thursday. In addition, both posted hundreds of stories to their Facebook pages. Viewers noticed their coverage on TV and on Facebook, and flooded the stations with emails and Facebook comments.