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Would You Be Sad to See Your Local News Anchor Go?

This weekend the New York Times ran a story about the plight of the local news anchor. Apparently due to the current economic situation and need to cut spending, some cities have realized that it simply costs too much to keep veteran local anchors with extremely high salaries.

According to a study cited in the article, slightly over half of American households still watch local news over big network news or the Internet. There's always something more personal about inviting the local news anchor or sports reporter into your home around dinnertime every night. Plus, local news stories can be the most personally interesting, heartwarming, or YouTube sensational of all. That said, with the Internet and network newscasters with nationally famous faces and personalities, it's understandable that the slightly antiquated local news guys are facing a rough time. So what do you think, would you be sad to say goodbye to your local nightly news team?


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NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
i dont watch local TV lol
stephley stephley 8 years
Yes bluesarah, pretty much everyone, and Flyhunnie I'm glad you said it - I moved out here from DC and I couldn't believe LA is a bigger market. But - a lot of the reporters get bit parts in movies so I guess the indignity of being on their crap shows seems worth it.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Yeah but isn't that what everyone looks like in LA? :rotfl:
flyhunnie7 flyhunnie7 8 years
Local TV news in Los Angeles is HORRIFIC! I'm a journalist (for a magazine, thank God). I can't watch the news here -- the women look like model/actress rejects; the older female reporters look like sad Beverly Hills trophy wives pumped up with collagen, boob jobs, hair extensions and Botox; all the men have hair plugs; the news itself is never pertinent, or interesting unless there's a car chase or a fire, or something. It's always about stupid stuff.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
local news shows make me ashamed to have studied journalism. like stephley said before, they don't even cover anything worth covering anymore. just crime and weather.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Awwww I'm gonna miss Dennis Richmond too :(
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I like most of our local anchors and would miss seeing them on the air. I grew up watching Jim Vance.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
no i CANNOT stand any of ours, very small town news station...they are so ridiculous. Laughable, indeed.
amynah amynah 8 years
Dennis Richmond!!! He was hands-down one of the most talented and charismatic news anchors I have ever seen. He will be greatly missed after his retirement from KTVU/Channel 2 news this year. :( After all, I grew up watching him on TV relaying the latest news night after night after night as a kid. 40 years of exceptional journalism, news reporting and anchoring one of the best news broadcasts in the Bay Area, not to mention the U.S.!
Meike Meike 8 years
[There was literally a story about a cat stuck in a tree. I know Portland is safe, but there is got to be more interesting stuff.] That's a good thing, no? With all the bad news(since that is what the majority of tv news is) we get, I consider a boring day a good day. Hahaha. I love Portland. Beautiful green city.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I'd miss my morning news team on WGN. They are great and I'd be sad if they were gone...especially the cute sportscaster. I like sports to begin with, and getting sports news from someone cute is just a bonus. :)
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
There was literally a story about a cat stuck in a tree. I know Portland is safe, but there is got to be more interesting stuff.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
In LA yes, I would have missed the FOX11 group. In Portland no, the stories are ridiculous and the anchors are beyond hokie.
Meike Meike 8 years
Nope. If one leaves, we got three more.
janneth janneth 8 years
I love the local news early in the morning. But really, does one market need 4 stations, 4 weather people, 4 traffic people, 8 anchors? Saying the same thing?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I knew it was him!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Blue, Dave Clark he's on the morning news KTVU 2.
mswender mswender 8 years
I really can't stand local news. I love MSNBC but I live nest door to local news anchor so i don't want anything to happen to her, she is lovely.
kia kia 8 years
I haven't been in my new community long enough to have an affinity for any of the local news folks yet.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Wait, bastyle...which reporter was in Hancock?
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Hell one of our Local News people played a reporter in "Hancock" I got all excited like he was a member of my family ahaha "he's ours he's ours he works at channel 2"
zeze zeze 8 years
I would not even realize they were gone, I never watch local news, I get my news online 99% of the time, checking national news sites and local newspaper websites.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Yeap one of our Local News Anchors left last year....but I got to see her on CNN during the Mumbai incident. You Go Sarah Sidner!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Money talks.
stephley stephley 8 years
In theory, I'd be sad to see local news go - someone should be covering city council and schoolboard hearings. In reality, local news does so little real news, and so much crime, that it's made itself useless. I used to work in DC local news and know that I and my colleagues were very frustrated by decisions to cover stories based on who could sue us, who advertised with us, and what the boss thought people would discuss around the watercooler.
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