Sunday, May 26, 2013

KPRC 2 yanks the Monaco Grand Prix for news; racing fans revolt

UPDATE 5/28/2013 1:30PM
KPRC apologizes for Formula One Monaco Grand Prix dump

Here is a new thing for a TV station to have to deal with.

KPRC 2 did not air Formula One’s most prestigious race, the Monaco Grand Prix Sunday morning. From the complaints I'm reading on Facebook, the station aired its usual Sunday morning newscast and other regular programming instead (UPDATE: In place of Today and Meet the Press, viewers say infomercials ran since NBC was broadcasting the race and did not produce those shows this week).

Houston viewers are so revved up, because there have been commercials running on NBC (and KPRC) advertising the race for weeks apparently. In fact, this broadcast is considered special, because according to Autoweek, the race marks the first time this season that an F1 race was to be broadcast live on American network TV.

As I said in the first sentence, the social media thing is a new kind of PR crisis issue for a TV station to have to address. In the past, all viewers could do is burn out the station's telephone switchboard or fill up its email boxes.  Before that it would have been a sternly written letter!  Now viewers can publicly hijack the station's Facebook page.

For example, KPRC posted "What does Memorial Day mean to you?" on Facebook and answers like "In Houston it means no F1 race. Thank you KPRC!!!!!!" or "Boycott KPRC, watch ABC and FOX - they understand the racing community! thanks for messing up the greatest day in racing KPRC!" are coming in.

In fact almost every single post on the top of the KPRC Facebook page has angry comments concerning Formula One racing not airing.

To its credit, KPRC did the right thing and addressed the issue on Facebook with a link to watch online:

The decision was made not to air the Monaco Grand Prix on KPRC. We apologize to anyone who is missing the race. Here is a link to watch it online. It will also replay on NBC Sports.

Not sure this will put the brakes on the angry racing comments though.

Apparently channel 2 has pulled racing from Houston TV in the past. Reader Michael Galindo told mikemcguff.com that it happened with NASCAR back in 2001.

In case you missed it, Nico Rosberg won the race according to the New York Times.

UPDATE
Did Fox 26 KRIV take a swipe at KPRC later in the day on Facebook after all the morning controversy?:

Just an FYI. We will be showing the NASCAR Sprint Cup race LIVE at 5pm (the green flag drops around 5:15pm). Fox 26 News at 9 will be shown after the race. We've been promoting the race as live, and we'll show it live.

UPDATE 5/28/2013 1:30PM
KPRC apologizes for Formula One Monaco Grand Prix dump

36 comments:

  1. I'm a racing fan myself, Mike. However, I wasn't awake to see the race life; and I don't have either the NBC Sports Network or Comcast SportsNet Houston (just mentioning CSN Houston as far as NBC is concerned). I do find it surprising and saddening people didn't get to see this race [that I didn't know would be aired on NBC].

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  2. KPRC decided NOT to air the Monaco Grand Prix that they have been advertising for a few weeks

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  3. The worst was they didn't bother to announce their plan, several breakfast watch parties arose to "no telecast", RIDICULOUS way to handle business and take for granted their viewers. All for a quick payday.

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  4. I live in Los Angeles expecting to see the race live at 7:30 am on NBC Sports, and it did not air. It aired late, like half way through.

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  5. Bring back Radar the Weather dog and the eyes of Texas!

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  6. One more in a long, long laundry list of idiotic decisions and inept management at KPRC putting a crap product on air. No wonder they're the absolute laughingstock of the town. Just what we needed -- more of Courtney's freakish eyebrows. KPRC operates, and employs talent, that makes a 200 market look like a top 10 market. KPRC mgmt plain sucks, as do most on air talent (except Frank, Anthony, Andy, Bill, Phil, Mary, Mary, Irika and Keith.)

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    1. You couldn't let this one go, could you? Not fighting you this time though. Loyal viewer as I am, I must admit that they do have a penchant for bungling things.

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  7. KRIV pouring salt in KPRC's wound.

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  8. KPRC, as well as the other two networks (KTRK and KHOU), are guilty of this crap every weekday when they decide to interrupt their daytime lineups to show the car chase of the day or that it's raining outside. Such BS. Time to hijack the hell out of their social media in protest. These stations need to realize that their so-called *breaking news* is only important during regular newscasts' schedules and NOT during other programming. I've not seen a breaking news event, yet, that needs to interrupt regular scheduled programming. Here's hoping they all get smashed on social media going forward and that the day has finally arrived to make them completely obsolete.

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    1. When it's raining outside, could mean life or death! Car chases? MEH!

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  9. KPRCs decision not to air the Monaco Grand Prix was assinine and just as arrogant as when the NBC network hijacked NBC Sports' Raiders/Jets game in '68 to show the movie Heidi! A dog? They interrupted the game for a fricken movie about a dog? You've got to be kidding me? Flipper was sexier! To make matters worse, KPRC stuck their foot up their _ _ _ by promoting the race for weeks. A perfect example of why I don't watch that lame station. This is just as bad as when I'm in L.A. and can't watch a Texans game- a winning team. Instead, I have to watch the "Charge-offs" even though the majority of the region likes the Raiders!

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  10. You know, people in Houston are idiots! You really think that a local TV station is going to make a reverse turn just because about 300 people protested? That's the size of some small towns in Texas! And what those people are going to do? Tell thier friends that "Channel 2 didn't show MY RACE! WHAAA WHAA" I want you to boycott Channel 2! REALLY!??! KPRC-TV has been in Houston for 60+ years, and thier going to be here another 60+ years. Please Houston, GROW UP! And TOUCHE Fox 26! And during the May Sweeps didn't all of your newscasts come in..... let's see.... LAST PLACE!?!?

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    1. More than 300 people mate

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    2. More than 300 people mate, perhaps you are the idiot in question.

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  11. You would think they would have learned not interrupt sporting events after some of the blunders that have happened in the past. I do not have an a favorite station anymore as they change things up to much and to often. I think though if they want to build an audience they would have integrity and concern for their customers.

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  12. The Internet option does not work for those of us in rural areas using satellite connections (n o other choice). This was a huge faux paux on the part of KPRC and a hard slap into the face of Houston's international community. Maybe the managers at KPRC are not F1 fans, which is thier perogative, but the community of Europeans, North Americans (Canada, Mexico, US), South Americans, and Africans that live here are largely great fans of F1. I was in Austin last year, I saw them on the road by me there and back. An F1 race typically garners among the largest of viewing audiences worldwide of any event.

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  13. Dropping Formula 1 Monaco was pretty much a non-mensa decision.

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    1. No, no IT WAS A MENSA DECISION! People of Mensa think they know better, like KPRC. And the comment above you about F1 and it's international draw is correct. This is interesting since we're going to have the Shell-Pennzoil Indycar Grand Prix of Houston Race coming this October. Is KPRC slated to broadcast that? I think "the Captain" Roger Penske better step in here to make sure there's no TV blackout. By the Mike, who is the President and GM of KPRC? Can we have a name and picture? The buck stops at the top on this one.

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    2. http://www.click2houston.com/hot-button/station/Jerry-Martin/-/2612560/2838426/-/11t7101/-/index.html

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    3. Thanks for the link Anonymous.

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    4. I thought they would've learned their lesson after not showing the end of the Daytona race a few years ago and getting slammed. I guess their programming, like their on air talent hires, are left to monkeys throwing darts at a wall.

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    5. Did that Jerry Martin cat replace the Steve Wasserman jerk who was GM and refused to fire Sachse after her racist comment?
      http://newschick.diaryland.com/040221_70.html

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    6. NBC hasn't decided if they going to broadcast F1 Houston grand prix or not? I seriously doubt it. And tell me again of why F1 is so popular? Houston doesn't have the market for being a F1 city! Austin? maybe. But, not Houston.

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  14. What's hilarious, besides another typical KPRC blunder, is McGuff's use of an F1 XBox game as his support image instead of, say a photo of a F1 driver or car. LMAO!!!!

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  15. KPRC gave a warning to their viewers only hours before the race that they were not going to air it. I mean, it was nice that they told everyone before race time, but many people in that area were expecting to see the race live as it was happening, not tape-delayed on NBCSN. They could have given more a heads up to their viewers days in advance and avoid the negative publicity. The last-minute decision was a low blow.

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    1. They should give us equal warning when a Skeletor-freak-melt-at-end-of-Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark face will be anchoring with Bill; or when a hypnotically blinking reporter blinks and dumb-props us to death (tho Blinky Bauer has job security with her VP husband at the station); or when they decide to anoint people as "experts" when they have no clue or qualifications; or when they take a dimwit traffic reporter and shove her embarrassing anchor efforts down our eyes.

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    2. Miss Reyna is no dim wit-- far from it. The lady has two business degrees! A journalism degree is almost irrelevant these days. Health correspondents are MDs, political correspondents are attorneys etc.
      Some hold it against Miss Reyna for having been a bikini model, but guess which journalist was also such a model? None other than the venerable Barbara Walters!
      Jennifer is a far better anchor than Conflenti too. I wonder how he has managed to hold his job when he cannot read one sentence without at least two flubs.

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    3. Miss Reyna couldn't be a serious journalist if her hair was on fire! Lauren Freeman is a far better and more serious TV journalist that I have ever seen in a very long time! (She has that Texas smile!, Owen couldn't deliver the news if he was the last one standing at KPRC and the building was on fire!

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  16. Great site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am taking your feeds also

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  17. http://www.click2houston.com/news/a-letter-to-formula-one-fans/-/1735978/20328320/-/muc9o7z/-/index.html

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  18. Like it's Reality Television, watching the Rats (the viewers) squirm, man. And BTW, what is a KPRC?

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  19. What about the rest of the Races? We have quite a few in the season to go. Is NBC going "Live with them as well? Will KPRC Blank them out as well? Will we be left watching a rebroadcast after the fact? Love reading The Sports "Guy" Randy say "I don't have any control over programming. I will push for it next year". WTH does that mean? Push for F1 broadcasts? Monoco? What? I really feel that KPRC cannot operate out of the bounds of the signal it emits. Sad. It is an embarrassment to the global community our Mayor is trying to attract and maintain, and the reality that Houston IS a Global city. Geesh. Still sitting here SMH.

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  20. Im glad KPRC's stupidity didn't stop me from watching the Monaco Grand Prix (I added WNBC & some NY channels on my DirecTv line up a while back to avoid shit like this)

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  21. Like NBC, KPRC happens to be another that is run by a whole bunch of monkeys. And even Univision 45 is now the 4th largest TV station in Houston, putting KPRC dead last. Los hombres blancos really do love las mujeres calientes on Univision.

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  22. I watched the F1 Race on Spanish TV.....

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  23. They did it again to the Brazil race yoday

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