Yeah, I know you know. But no one is quite sure what the economy is doing.ÊÊFor example, Viacom (parent of CBS, MTV, UPN, Nickelodeon, and BET) showed a third-quarter profit with net income of $640.3 million on a 10% increase in revenue to $6.31 billion from $5.71 billion a year earlier. What made that happen was a 14% increase in overall advertising revenue, with the television segment, mainly CBS and UPN, growing at 14% as well. Broadcasting is dead? Yeah...right.
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It’s a little bit like Forbidden Planet here in Studio B at WWBT, Richmond, VA. There are cameras shooting the news, panning and changing points of view—apparently without operators. You expect one of them to glide over and ask if you speak English, and inform you that if you don’t, it speaks over 187 languages and their various dialects and subtexts. This is the reality of robotic automation and news.
In a move that’s become increasingly common across the nation’s television landscape, Viacom pulled the plug on news operations at its two Detroit stations in early December. In place of its newscast, WWJ (CBS) is showing reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond. WKBD (UPN), on the other hand, still has news, it’s just being produced by Scripps Howard-owned WXYZ, an ABC affiliate.
Did you watch a lot of television over the holidays? If you did, you were treated to an endless display of jolly Santas, smiling shoppers, and oh-so-friendly store personnel who desperately wanted to make your holidays brighter and leave your wallet a little lighter!