Originally Posted by ejb1980
Originally Posted by bdfox18doe
Your data supports why I feel these crawls have become useless sky is falling video clutter in general, and part of why viewers are turning away from broadcast tv to escape such crap. If a closing is up for only 5 seconds, and twice an hour to boot, with 300 or more closings. the chance of your missing what you are looking for is very high. If you do have time to sit there and watch thru the crawls, its likely you weren't going anywhere to start with. I'm not saying they should not be done, but they need to be qualified with conditions that determine their importance in advance before airing. Betty Boop's Daycare with 10 kids and Greasy Tommy's Auto shop closings should not be in the crawls.
That is what telco, text and email is for...
I don't understand why the picture gets distorted on some channels but not others. Fox 8 has a ticker during the morning news that doesn't distort the image. Why can't they fit the closings/weather ticker in the same space? There are only two flaws on Fox 8: The ticker and the DMA-only weather maps with the cities temps in strange spots.
But overall, the tickers are so obnoxious and unnecessary.
While my esteemed colleague from Charlotte (did I just call you a schmuck, Bob?) makes valid points, he also knows, like I do, why it is done. And why it isn't going to be changing anytime soon.
I can only speak for what we do. Other stations do what they do.
The ticker runs in a one font line space. Closings require 3 font line spaces. The news graphics are created to handle that one font line encroachment. With closings, you don't know what the programming will be behind the closings so we squeeze up when that is on, including newscasts. As I posted in an earlier post, with our adoption of 16:9 safe title area, we have been able to reduce the amount of vertical real estate needed for the closings. In the 4:3 days we used around 20% of the screen for closings. Now with 16:9 we use 11% of the screen. This is due to being able to spread the info out horizontally now. This also doesn't distort the images to the point of absurdity. Many people do not even realize now the picture is squeezed up. We know this because the number of complaints have dropped significantly. We also have installed new closing software that groups by categories and relevance to time of day verses ending time. This is to give those closings that are more relevant due to time of day limitations and more times on screen while moving those closings that are not as time sensitive to less runs and as time moves on and other closings drop off and their time comes closer, they run more often. For instance, during the mornings, school closings and work closings rotate more times than cancelled church services that evening which may not make it on the air until the school closings and work closings have cleared the system. The rotating FOX8 bug that we use during closings is the same bug we use during the newscasts so you can see we really are not taking more of the screen than we use during newscasts. That is a win-win in our book.
As far as the tickers being obnoxious, that is clearly a personal opinion. And you are entitled to have yours in either direction. No problems there. Every station has their own way of doing it so "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." As far as unnecessary, the FCC disagrees with you. As a matter of fact, they are in the process of tighten up the rules for information display to the point where no printed information can be obliterated by any other printed information on the screen. This is to be sure those with a hearing impairment have access to the same info hearing viewers have. This also goes to closed captioning. If you turn on your closed captioning during our newscasts or squeezes, you see the captioning is above the non-captioned info. That info is currently 2 captioning lines above the normal position so as not to obscure the picture anymore that it is when other printed information is on the screen.
So why you might highly detest all the information on the screen, it is there for a reason and most is regulated where, how and when it is displayed. If you want it changed, complain to the FCC. It is they that is making us do it. All this graphic equipment and closing systems are not cheap.Edited by foxeng - 3/3/14 at 8:46am