But you missed my point. These stations still have an agreement with the FCC to provide public service programming that does not bring in profit usually but DOES benefit the community. This has not changed.
As for the Weather PLUS "debacle" . NBC is really a shambles and has been for a long time. It seems like everything they touch turns bad. LOL.
When The Weather Channel was owned by
Landmark Communications it did have its ups and downs but overall the product was pretty good if not outstanding. Then once NBC bought it they proceeded to gut the channel of its best assets (fired many of the most outstanding and notable OCMs) and decided to have programs like "Mornings with Al" and make evenings the "Cantore story" channel, reducing the live prime time coverage of severe weather events to almost nothing! Many folks dislike Jim Cantore as he seems to be a self promoter in an extreme way. I too don't like watching him.The best remaining OCM is Dr. Greg Forbes, how NBC didn't fire him as well must have been a mistake...LOL
At least over the past couple of years they have once again started to offer expanded live, severe weather coverage with Dr Forbes, and they can produce good coverage if they want to. With lots of remotes and extensive use of their incredible instruments to show enhanced radar graphics that include wind shear and can even pin point tornados.
I believe that originally Weather PLUS was going to be a independent operation from NBC (do not believe the original concept was done by NBC but another company) then NBC decided they would buy out the original company/owners of the product. They branded it NBC Weather PLUS. Actually I think that NBC largely left the original concept in tact when it debuted although with a tiny budget and staff...however it did gain a loyal following and many folks watched it and it was gaining more and more viewers as time and exposure increased.
From the neat looking, excellent graphics, to decent OCM personalities, the great, funky music, to the live local affiliate cut ins for severe weather events (which at times were fed to all other Weather PLUS affiliates --also very cool!) it was in my opinion one of the very best examples of what OTA can do to inform, and entertain, while also providing community service and at the same time gain ad revenues. It was a rare combination of things in the broadcast world.
Once NBC decided to buy TWC (another bad move) it was all over for Weather PLUS. To think that Weather PLUS was one of the best things ever offered over OTA...what shame it was lost without getting a fair chance.
There are some "remnants" of the old Weather PLUS still out there
WHO NBC 13 "Iowa's Weather PLUS
WVIR NBC 29 "NBC 29 Weather PLUS"
KYTV NBC 3 "KY3 24/7 Weather Channel" (just rebranded Weather PLUS engine)
These three above are still streamed live just like Weather PLUS had been when with NBC.
There are still a few more affiliates left but they don't stream over the internet anymore.
Still remembering ...The Late, the great....Weather PLUS. Edited by dubber - 7/19/12 at 7:24pm