Michael Grotticelli /
12.08.2011 11:51 AM
NBC stations join nonprofits for news collaborations

NBC's owned television stations announced a series of partnerships with nonprofit news groups this week as part of an agreement Comcast made with the FCC last year for approval of the merger with the NBC network.

All 10 of NBC's stations will team with Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica, a nonprofit group specializing in investigative journalism. WMAQ-TV, NBC's station in Chicago, will collaborate with The Chicago Reporter blog and its magazine. WHYY-TV in Philadelphia will work with WHYY, the public radio station, and NewsWorks, its community website.

KNBC-TV in Los Angeles will team up with KPCC, a public radio station, while NBC's KNSD-TV in San Diego will continue its pre-Comcast deal with voiceofsandiego.org, a nonprofit news website.

The partnerships were part of a written deal by Comcast with the FCC last year in order to broaden local news coverage. NBC began looking for partners last May, the "New York Times" reported. Surprisingly, the newspaper reported, Comcast did not link exclusively with websites like voiceofsandiego.org, which is nationally recognized for its local journalism, but also teamed with radio and print organizations.

"We cast a wide net," Valari Staab, the president of the NBC-owned television stations, told the "Times." She said the NBC stations "looked for what organizations we thought could contribute unique content we couldn't otherwise have."

The news partnerships allow NBC's stations to increase news coverage without adding more staff. "The true value of the partnerships is helping local television affiliates — which have cut back under tough times in recent years — fill their many broadcast hours with valuable public service journalism," Scott Lewis, the chief executive of voiceofsandiego.org, told the "Times."

NBC is paying "donations" to each of the partners, though Staab would not reveal the amounts. She said she anticipated the groups would bring different things to the table in each market.

NBC been on a recent campaign to beef up the news capabilities of its owned stations. All 10 had faced cuts before Comcast took over. The cable operator has added newscasts, replaced production equipment and hired reporters in most of the station's markets.

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

D. Pagan Communications /   Friday 10:35 AM
Blue Line is Hot on the Trail of DPA Microphones
Clyne Media, Inc /   Thursday 09:51 PM
Focusrite Expands RedNet Range

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology