Public interest (was: bye bye Boston's progressive talk)
Sat Dec 16 11:03:03 EST 2006
Donna Halper wrote:
>Ed Schultz is talking right now about how in a number of stations in
>markets where there is currently a severe ice storm, those stations
>are just broadcasting their same old syndicated shows as if nothing
>is happening. Why have a license if you are not gonna serve your
>community? Forget right or left wing-- let's talk public
>interest. What is the FCC doing in all of this?
Just as long as you don't pre-empt HIS syndicated show for it, right? :-/
Where do you draw the line for pre-empting programming for news
coverage? For example...school-closing announcements are nothing but
clutter to anyone who does not have school-age children. What about
wall-to-wall coverage when some celebrity dies (the media circus over
Princess Diana immediately comes to mind), or even (local angle here)
coverage of the press conference when the Red Sox announced the
signing of the Japanese pitcher (where the interpreter's command of
English wasn't much better than the new player's)?
Are you "serving the public interest" when you interrupt regular
programming for news (or pseudo-news), or are you just annoying those
who tuned in to hear your regular format? This topic has been hashed
to death...what exactly is "serving your community"...is it the
station that's 100% local but has a .5 share or the syndicated
station with a 10? You're not serving the community if no one is listening.
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