Originally Posted by section8joe
Im sure this has been discussed in this thread but can someone give me an overview on whats going on with channel 27 and 33? Will 33 be broadcasting from 27? What about the locals news, will they still have 27 and 33?
WYTV will keep its shady run road studios for upper managment and sales but pretty much everything else will be done out of WKBN's sunset Bvld studios. Here are some links from both Ohio Media watch and the vindi to explain what is going on:
Ohio Media Watch:http://ohiomedia.blogspot.com/search?q=wytv
From Friday's Dec 7th paper:http://www.vindy.com/content/local_r...2202121643.php
Update From the Business journal:
Reporter, Union Leader Out at WKBN;
Under-Siege Atmosphere at WYTV
Dec. 7, 2007 8:19 a.m.
By Andrea Wood
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Veteran WKBN reporter Joe Bell signed off last night’s 6 p.m. newscast not knowing it would be his last for Channel 27. Minutes later, he got the bad news, packed his personal belongings and said goodbye.
WYTV anchorman Vince Bevacqua signed off Channel 33’s 11 p.m. newscast last night not knowing if the police report he filed earlier yesterday would end up revealing the source of what he viewed as threatening posts on the Vindy.com discussion board.
Sad Day as Workers Say Goodbye
Dec. 7, 2007 Updated 6:08 p.m.
By Andrea Wood
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --Veteran anchorwoman Gina Marinelli signed off moments ago from her last newscast at WYTV, thanking viewers, her co-workers and shedding a few tears as she hugged co-anchor Angee Shaker.
It was a sad moment, one visible to Channel 33's news audience unlike all the behind-the-scenes moments today when 50 employees of WYTV and WKBN privately said goodbye.
Vindi Discussion fourm:
There are employees from both WKBN/WYFX and WYTV/MY-YTV posting what is going on there from a first hand view point.http://forums.vindy.com/read.php?1,202065,page=1
Things get ugly in Youngstown and More WYTV news:http://www.pbrtv.com/blog/index.html
From Vindi.com Newswatch
Published:Friday, December 7, 2007
BOARDMAN — About a half dozen workers lost their jobs at WKBN-TV in the second wave of job cuts in the local television market.
Those who were notified of layoffs Friday included two engineers, a photographer, director, receptionist and reporter Joe Bell.
The cuts come as the news operation of WKBN is merged with that of WYTV, which had its own round of cutbacks last week.
Bell, who was a union steward, said workers weren’t given a number of jobs that were cut at WKBN but he was aware of the six. There could be more, however, he said.
In addition, he knew of two workers who accepted buyouts and left voluntarily. They were reporter Tricia Perry and a photographer.
For more on this story, see Saturday’s Vindicator or www.vindy.com
My questions are come Monday how will WKBN produce 2 seperate newscasts with different content from the WKBN studios considering the fact they really only have one studio at that has a news set and a interview set? Have they built a seperate news set for WYTV or will it be the same set that WKBN uses? IF they are sharing the same set how will they pull this off and still keep 2 seperate identities and how can they keep WYTV's current look and feel in addition to doing it at the same time?
What has happened to WYTV's downtown news studio? Why can't they use that. It has not been used since at least the first of last month when they cut MY-YTV news at 10.
Why would WKBN produce a newscast for a semi-competitor that would air up aganist their own newscast? Can we expect to see WYTV's news times change to when WKBN/WYFX is not airing local news? It would not make any sense to produce 2 different newscasts at the same time when in the end all that will occur is 2 sh*&&Y newscasts and split ratings which will hurt the bottom line overall.
And now that Youngstown has only one 10 PM news, is there any chance WFMJ will begin airing a news on WBCB at 10 PM? I read in the business journal from 2004 that when WBCB was going to go on the air at some point they were going to do a 10 PM news, so what is stopping them from do this. There is alot of local people from both WYTV and WKBN looking for work, so why can't WFMJ find money in their budget to hire some of those folks to do additional local programming.
As for everyone at WKBN/WYFX and WYTV/MY-YTV who are apart of this, my heart and prayers go out to each and everyone of you and I hope you all find sucess at bigger and better things and I wish you good luck. Thank all of you for bringing us the news,weather,sports everyday. You hard work and commitment to this valley is not forgotten.
As for myself after seeing the new WKBN/WYFX/WYTV/MY-YTV come Monday, I will no longer be viewing anything that new vision or Parkin owns since I will not support these bastards in their ultimate quest to make a fast buck at the cost of hard working honest people and place one more coffin in the Youngstown area. Outside of WFMJ/WBCB who I turn to for my local news, goodbye Youngstown television, hello Cleveland television.