I'm like a psychic when it comes to these things. Even though Mark DeSantis tried to convince me that Granite bounced back as a super-strong company, even a numb person could feel the shock from their death throws, and see the damage therefrom every time they tune to News 25. A new day has dawned for DMA#116 & Granite Broadcasting's 25 years of senseless tyranny is finally coming to and end piece by piece. Since November, rumors began to fly. It was not a matter of "if", but "when" & "how" Silver Point Media has also recently recently started to sell other media companies they acquired and have since ran into the ground. And it now appears they will be selling Granite peace meal. And just one day before the Quincy Newspaper acquisitions, E.W. Scripps bought 2 Granite stations, leaving only 3 or 4 to Granite for the time being. It will be interesting to see if Granite remains intact as the owner of 2 or 3 stations as selling off the rest will nearly pay off their debt.
I'm so excited over this! Just ridding Peoria of Granite is the best news of the year for DMA116. Now, to be fair to Granite, they had some bad luck & financial problems. Some of it wasn't their fault, but they did make their own fair share of stupid decisions they should never have made. If it wasn't for the San Francisco fiasco, I'm sure they would never have filed bankruptcy & their stations would be in much better shape now, though they would have remained, at best, the mediocre company they were before Silver Point Capitol got a hold of them. I just wish they would have let go sooner instead of continuing to squeeze every last drop of life they could. I wish them well. Perhaps they should try investing in a circus or a comedy troupe somewhere, or perhaps run a couple of ice cream kiosks in the summer.
I'm so Glad Quincy Newspaper is getting them instead of Nexstar.
Originally Posted by Mademedia
So more farming out the weekend weather from Fort Wayne, Ind.? Isn't WEEK's control room already in Fort Wayne's hands? I wonder if Jokinjer1 has anything to say about this?
Someone remembered me!
I'm touched. :DI'm pretty sure the WEEK studios could be restored to a fully-local operation, with a fully-renovated & HD news operation, just like almost every other #1 station in a mid market had done 2 years ago. The abandoned master control room at the WEEK facility would simply get upgraded like it should have been in the first place, and remodeling would happen in other places as needed, especially where new wires are ran. The link from the Ft. Wayne hub can easily be severed and used for a lesser station somewhere else. Though I do like the way the Quincy Newspaper Company runs WGEM in Quincy, keep in mind that they are also buying one of the Ft. Wayne Stations. That said, I can't be sure they would bother to break the link that allows Ft. Wayne to control WEEK as it is already in place. But I can almost guarantee they will drastically improve operations & graphics, upgrade the Newscasts to HD & give the newsroom a full & much-needed makeover. Those are my opinions.
Originally Posted by eureka22
The seven day forecast is already credited to Accu-Weather on WEEK, (but not on HOI even though it's the same) and they pay for that privilege. Every graphic page they show on WEEK has Accu-Weather on it. I wonder how much 'forecasting' is done on Springfield Road anymore.
LOL AccuWx is a stigma for any station to have and it's laughable that WEEK touts them like they do. Again, WEEK appears to be the the largest station in the US who still uses AccuWX. The hot ones are WSI/WxCentral & Baron (VIPIR). Though I'm sure some forecasting still gets done & WEEK, their presentations have been long-unwatchable.
Originally Posted by mbclev
Hopefully Quincy will upgrade its new Peoria stations to HD local news, because all of Quincy's current TV stations do their local news in HD. (I found that out after coming home from the Atlanta area last year and stayed in Wytheville, VA on my way home. I watched Quincy's station WVVA [in Bluefield, WV] and noticed that they had HD local news, so I went to the company's web site [http://www.careersatquincy.com
] and later, at least some of their stations' Wikipedia pages, and noticed that they all did local news in HD.)
Quincy Newspaper is just one of several media companies that broadcast their news in HD. There are also several other companies that can boast the same including Gray Television & Citadel. Even a large number of Sinclair & Nexstar stations are there. Hopefully this will get Nexstar on the ball with WMBD. But I'm sure they are waiting to see whether or not they will still be controlling WYZZ in the future. Though the press releases say that Quincy will continue to operate WHOI, it is unclear to me if that means they will continue to operate them until the original agreement ends in 2017, or if they have also struck a deal directly with Sinclair to continue indefinitely past that date. Sinclair doesn't own a single duopoly in the nation without a Sinclair-produced newscast. And given Sinclair's strength and their strong desire to bring their conservative slant to the markets they're in, I can't see them not taking back the WHOI newsroom so Peoria can hear their own voice. But since the consolidation is already in place, they may decide to leave things as they are. idk I'm almost positive it will be a while before they decided whether or not to extend the SSA with WEEK past 2017.
Nobody in Peoria seemed to believe me when I said this, but it is true that the Peoria area is one of the very few markets left where not a single commercial station has an HD newscast. In many cases, even smaller markets such as Erie, PA & Rockford, IL have ALL of their stations broadcasting newscasts in HD. It's high time Peoria stations are at least brought up to speed with markets that are at least 1/3 their size.
I have one question though. I can't figure out whether or not KHQA has upgraded their news operations to HD. I don't think so, but I can't find out for sure.
Originally Posted by BCengineer
The CW on WHOI is in HD now. It went HD back in September or October.
That's one thing that was done right under the Granite leadership. The CW is an up-and-coming network and it's nice to know that Peoria viewers can now see it they way it was mean to be shown. You don't always see digital sub channels in HD. Now if only WEEK could pick up another sub.
The near future of DMA#116 is anybody's guess & therefore I am only speculating on these things.