To clarify the Springfield WFSB scenario

Paul Anderson
Sat Dec 20 08:53:02 EST 2003

On Dec 19, 2003, at 10:38 PM, Fitzpatrick, Mike wrote:

> It was announced in a recent newspaper article (in the Springfield 
> Republican, although I can not place the date) that Meredith's "CBS3" 
> in Springfield (properly known as WSHM-LP 67) will NOT carry a local 
> newscast, at least anytime soon. Meredith states that it will cost too 
> much to do a local newscast. However locally they will replace what 
> would be local newscasts with syndicated programs.

So this is the opposite of what I had thought.  So Springfield-area 
viewers will now be able to see syndicated shows instead of a 
Hartford-based newscast.  WWLP 22 and WGGB 40 should benefit, then, at 
least during their local newscasts.

This is a curious decision by WFSB.  Do they not have good ratings for 
their news in Springfield and figure they'd do better with syndicated 
shows?  (Sounds sort of like a Sinclair station, doesn't it?)


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