Gawker: Local News Wastes Viewer's Time Says Recent Study, Viewers of Local News

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 16, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    Gawker had this little tidbit regarding a study on the local news in Los Angeles. The focus of the article is on this video:



    It reminds of local news back where I live in Norway. Our local "news" consists of local people stories (such as a friend of mine who changed his name to the longest name in Norway, a story that got picked up by the Huffington Post) and showcases local businesses and personalities. I don't recall it ever having hard-hitting stories though as the channel consists of a x amount of hours looping show.
  • DCEric

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    Mar 16, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    Media provides what people want to watch (and thus generate higher ratings) rather than hard hitting news.

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    Mar 16, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    I know this b/c I work in media and research...

    Infotainment = ratings

    Ratings = revenue for the news outlet

    More people will watch a freeway police chase or bogus balloon boy than a congressional debate ( unless that debate features White House gatecrashing Real Housewives of DC cast members of course )

    I for one, believe that the only way to attain a balanced world view is to receive news from multiple sources. So yep, I watch my local news. And a little national news. And 3 different cable news networks. And BBC World News. And then I'll listen to NPR. And so on and so on.

    The problem is, many less-enlightened folks seek information from a single source, be it KCAL 9 or CNN, it doesn't matter. And in my opinion, one forms a single world view when receiving information via the filter of one news organization.

  • DCEric

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    Mar 17, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    COJock1974 saidI for one, believe that the only way to attain a balanced world view is to receive news from multiple sources. So yep, I watch my local news. And a little national news. And 3 different cable news networks. And BBC World News. And then I'll listen to NPR. And so on and so on.


    You sound like a blast at parties. (I kid, I kid.)