Monday, August 08, 2016

Where was KTRK abc13's morning newscast 8-8-2016?

Did KTRK abc13's morning newscast sleep in today?



I woke up this morning to lots of emails about KTRK abc13's morning newscast...or lack thereof. It appears the usual 4:30 am news didn't come on the air until 6am this morning. Instead, channel 13 was showing ABC News programming.

When the news did come on air, it apparently was a very simplified version of itself. Fill-in anchors Jeff Ehling and Natasha Barrett were on screen together the whole time (no single shots).

A check on the station's social media accounts reveals it was having "technical difficulties." Aren't computers and new technology fun when they all crash?

BTW, meteorologist Travis Herzog says Tom Koch returns tomorrow. Bet he is glad he missed this day.

Get used to this stuff, it happens at all the Houston TV stations now. In the old days, people at machines ran newscasts. Now everything is run by computer. One problem can take down everything.

A quick look through my blog archives finds this has happened before.

In 2013, when KTRK was converting to the digital age, we saw newscasts coming on late a few times. After a few times, Dave Ward got fed up with the issues and apologized to his viewers on air.

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13 comments:

  1. This is what happens when you replace a crew of production professionals with someone sitting at a keyboard pressing the spacebar.

    It's great when it works.
    It's catastrophic when it doesn't.
    There's no middle ground.

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    1. I think you meant to say, "It's cheap whether it works or not." It's never great, or even as good as it could be. The only example of the modern automation-related advancements can think of that might be an improvement over traditional methods is server vs. tape playback, and that isn't a strict upgrade; there are pros and cons with each (e.g., faster and easier access to a piece of video on the fly, vs. the risk of a server crash costing you all your video). Everything else is simply a way to cut costs. The tech may replicate 80 or 90% of the functionality, but when you add it all together that's a lot of creativity and quality lost, and that doesn't even take into account those days when you can't even put a show on the air at all.

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  2. The big question is how would channel 13 anchor steven romo handle this and will he just use houston as a stepping stone to the network

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    1. please stop writing about yourself. so obvious. small market new reporter already thinks people care about him.

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  3. Houston is not a poor tv market. all the stations make money, full staff or no staff. they lose their soul when they replace humans with computers. There are just too many situations when 1 person cannot do 3 people's jobs. Stations going dark during flood events is unacceptable. The broadcasters are no more relevant than MTV cable network if they cannot broadcast when the citizens really need them. You compound that with in-effective social media promotional efforts and use the resulting lower hut levels as a excuse to give away the spectrum. We are killing ourselves.

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  4. Is it too costly to have a reliable backup or is the infrequency make a backup not something the bean counters think is a 'worthy' capital expenditure?

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  5. Natasha Barrett and Jeff Ehling also ad-libbed much of the show because there was no teleprompter. It takes some real reporters to be able to just think on there feet and not freeze up without the prompter. Good work.

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    1. I have enjoyed watching Jeff and Natasha! Lets see more of them.

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  6. So much for KTRK for you. I remember that station down more than any. Guess they were in with the Delta Computer Crash and such too maybe.

    I know the other stations have probably had issue but have not seen issues as much as do with KTRK even though was not watching them this morning. I watch something else especially at 4:30 am still asleep. But from 6 to 7 anyways. I watch something else.

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  7. All of these stations want to be your buddy but when you need them (like the active shooter in West Houston) they are not their to be found. 13 and 11 never broke in to inform their viewers. Channel Two briefly broke in and gave an update but that was it. None of these stations have any flexibility. Ridiculous.

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  8. it was still 100 times better than the divel KPRC had on air at the same time and tried to pass off as news and talent.

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  9. For all we know, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin probably hacked into Ch. 13's database!

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  10. Channel 13's on-air computer is handled by a company located in Georgia. When there's a problem Houston has to make a call to the button pusher in Georgia to get things fixed. Channel 26 was the first to use this method but their minimum-wage button pusher is in Las Vegas.

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