Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oh baby - stations promote the competition's news??

Once upon a time, air personalities and reporters would get disciplined for even mentioning the competition. These days it is becoming more commonplace.

In Chicago this morning, a WLS-TV news anchor gave birth to a baby on one of Chicago's expressways.

Yet - here is the story about it on a site that is part of WGN-TV and CLTV (the Chicago cable news outlet), as well as WGN Radio. Adding to this insanity is the link (included as of press time) right to the WLS-TV web site for the story.


So why call this site "ChicagoBreakingNews.com", when it refers you to the competition, which obviously broke the story first??

I'll bet management was sitting in a meeting wondering why WGN-TV News is losing viewers of late and why WLS-TV News remains a solid #1 in the market.

It is bad enough how many media stories report what some other media news source is reporting instead of looking to break a story themselves, but this might be a new low.

I'm reporting that my own blog, RadioRecordings.blogspot.com, is complaining about this. I'd rather not credit anyone else, competition or not.

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