The local news — local TV news and local newspapers — are not only the farm team for national news and national newspapers, but that’s where we get all our information. If something important happens in the country — somehere in Oklahoma, there’s got to be good reporters in Oklahoma who go cover it, who tell the rest of the country what’s happening there and if all of the local reporters get cut, we’re screwed.
Local TV Newscasts Expanding
“ST. LOUIS — Coming soon to this city’s television screens: more news at 4 in the morning, again at 10, and at 4 in the afternoon.
KSDK, the local NBC affiliate, is adding newscasts to those time slots next month, giving it six and a half hours of local news each weekday, its highest count to date.
As in many other markets, the news is starting earlier than ever in the morning, and replacing “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the afternoon.To supply it in St. Louis, KSDK is hiring 10 people and buying new cameras and trucks.
This is what the rebound in local television looks like. Three years after the business buckled under the weight of the advertising recession, the more popular stations in markets like St. Louis are adding newscasts and in some cases employees — though not as many as were dismissed during the downturn.”
Read more about the factors that have led to this increase here.