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Date Posted: 08:29:01 01/25/17 Wed
Author: The Count
Subject: Re: Sue Smith would have been a "slightly" better choice
In reply to: Weekend Up-Chuck 's message, "Re: Sue Smith would have been a "slightly" better choice" on 22:47:10 01/24/17 Tue

What do the numbers say about this show -- as in, does anybody watch it? How big are the audience and ratings? They are against all the national news related shows on Sunday mornings. I guess you have to give some props to the fact it is about 20 years on the tube, so advertisers might like it OK.

Craig saw it as an advertising or PR vehicle -- look at us, the big deal newspaper organization here, with the big deal TV news operation here. As for content, he probably thought it doesn't matter -- anyone can fake it, even Shribman, just so you see the name Post-Gazette and are more likely to buy it. But has the show broken any big news in its 20 years, anything you can remember the show actually gave the world in terms of big news? Just a fireside chat with people on one or both sides of current issues but not moving the news needle ahead, though maybe enhancing viewers' (if there are any) understanding of the issues. It keeps on chugging, so someone must be watching, unless KD writes some off as public benefit telecasting -- the theory being the well informed citizenry due to the actions of the fourth estate makes America or at least Pittsburgh better and smarter.

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You might be right but in 2017, that's an archaic line of thinking. "You see the name Post-Gazette and are more likely to buy it." When it actually had some heft to it, maybe so. When it didn't cost $ 2 a pop Monday-Saturday and $ 2.50 Sundays, and it took some time to read through, that could well have been true. Not now. Does anyone really think Shribman, who almost never comments on local events in his dull Sunday column, actually cares about the TV topics? He's there because JR tells him to be. The PG used to trumpet things like this and play the role of the "big deal newspaper organization" when they felt Scaife breathing down their necks with the Pittsburgh Trib but the events of the past year make that view outdated as well.

Your last take about KD seeing the show as "public benefit telecasting" comes closest to the truth. They try to give it meaning by running it against the Sunday morning news talk shows. But it doesn't help, and it's safe to say it doesn't bring one new reader to the PG. It may actually chase away a few.

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