Lo­cal tele­vi­sion news a shadow of its past

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

As a for­mer TV ex­ec­u­tive in the 1990s, I re­call the hus­tle and bus­tle of the TV news­room in the morn­ing. There were a half dozen re­porters equipped with a cam­era­man get­ting their as­sign­ments for the day and head­ing out into the lo­cal com­mu­nity to gen­er­ate lo­cal news sto­ries and hurry back to the sta­tion to edit the footage and pack­age the story to have it on air at 5 and 6.

To­day, some are worse than oth­ers, but they drag sto­ries off the In­ter­net that have noth­ing to do with our lo­cal com­mu­nity. Car wrecks in Dal­las. A skunk with a jar on its head in Mil­wau­kee. A cow loose in traf­fic in Den­ver. They em­ploy a frac­tion of the re­porters and cam­era­men they used to.

The glory years of lo­cal TV have come and gone. I won­der how long till they are to­tally re­placed.

Long live the lo­cal news­pa­per.

TONY CRISTEE Bella Vista

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