More competition on the horizon for local news

Nothing like competition to shake things up in TV newsrooms and it appears things will be shaken up in the not-too-distant future. I’ve been told that WPTY is advertising for morning show producers and a photographer to get things working by early August. It’s supposed to be a show with real news and no fluff.
I can remember when Fox 13 cranked up their morning show a decade ago. I think there were a few nervous folks down on the river and I would imagine on Union as well. I think Val and Ron and the rest of the team have established themselves in the morning and probably helped put the competition on their toes. I think a morning show on Union Extended will do the same.

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4 Comments on “More competition on the horizon for local news”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Good timing for a gamble by the OTHER station on Union.

    The changes in NBC- TODAY may make it a better shot to make inroads early.

    ABC has some great overnight leadins.

    Look at how WBBJ has creaated a morning slot from nothing. It can be done.

    They need to get a team and get them on the station now to get the Anchor ID established.

    Will they seel out local names outthere like Bob Mclaine, and/or you, and/or Joyce Peterson, and/or Pam Mac……

    I wish you and Mary Beth would recreate that magic…….. you guys always looked as if both of you enjoied working together.

    If they are looking for a unknown team, I’d go for ANGELA MIGLIACCIO, EDDIE HOLMES, and CHARLES VANCE from WBBJ. Angela and Charles have that spark that might work.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    It will be intresting to see how things play out. By the way Joe you were mentioned this morning on daybreak by Dennis Turner about a story ou did way back on alligators at Shelby Forrest. What brought it all up is alligators were found at Mckellar lake.

  3. mike Says:

    Jim Turpin announced some time last year that WPTY’s long term plan included a morning news show. That’s why I was so jazzed when Joyce Peterson started doing news for them. I thought she was being “held in reserve” for the soon-come show.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    The weekend anchor crew will take over the morning show starting Aug 15th.


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