|Seattle News Bites!
April 24, 2001
Local News' Top Stories
But they had practically NO ROOM in their broadcast for national or world stories.
And on the FRONTPAGE of their business section is a huge story about the local wine industry, together with a smaller one about a local web company cutting an additional 118 jobs on top of 65 previously announced.
But NOWHERE was there room for Compaq's cutting of an additional 2000 jobs on top of the 5000 already cut!
Nor was their room for predictions of rising gas prices during the summer.
Almost 15 minutes into their news, they had a quick "2 second" squib about the Mississippi flooding situation, which was the first national story in their broadcast.
Immediately following, they spend almost 3 minutes talking about weather. Now that's ok when there is something to talk about, but today there was sunshine and warm temps. NO rain! NO storm! NO reason for this amount of coverage!
Roughly 20 minutes into their broadcast were some details about the accidental downing of a plane by the Peruvian missionary.
Roughly 25 minutes into the broadcast was a story about about changes being considered to a 30 yr-old Oregon bottle refund bill. What does this have to do with us? And what makes it important?
Towards the VERY end of their broadcast was the rescue story of the ill doctor, Dr. Shemenski in Antartica.
Roughly 27 or 28 minutes into the broadcast came sports coverage, which included the Mariners, Ricky Henderson (a former Mariner), the Huskies baseball game, the Utah Jazz and 76'er basketball games, and 2 WNBA games. Oh, and of course, commentary about Shaq's sunglasses, while he's speaking.
Don't know about the anchors, but there were other professional teams playing! And who thinks the Huskies should come before any professional team, or for that matter, at all?