Archive for April, 2008

Sometimes the media gets it right

Today is the funeral of SSG Keith “Matt” Maupin. Over 3500 people attended. I wore a POW bracelet for Matt for the last 4 years. My arm feels a bit naked without it, and I am trying to formulate what I want to say to his parents in the letter I will write to accompany it’s journey to his parents. So far the words won’t come.

But today, some of the local TV stations did a great thing. They pre-empted their programming to cover the funeral. (Including the first game of the NBA playoffs, the PGA, and possibly the NHL playoffs.)

“The network programs are important and popular, but there is nothing more important than our commitment to local news,” says Les Vann, Channel 12 vice president and general manager.

Like I said, sometimes they get it right. Thank you!

And another one down….

Media General Inc. will take a loss in the first quarter as it looks to sell four television affiliates.

The corporate parent of The Tampa Tribune and WFLA-Channel 8 reported a net loss of $20.3 million, or 91 cents per share, compared to a $6.5 million, or 27 cent per share, loss experienced the quarter before. Revenue was down 10.9 percent from $218.3 million in the first quarter of 2006 to $194.5 million this quarter.

Another one bites the dust….

Looks like the Toronto Star is the newest enemedia outlet to be falling down. Everyone got their violins ready?

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