[opendtv] Re: News: A Generation of Local TV Anchors Is Signing Off

  • From: Albert Manfredi <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 20:33:55 -0500

Same old news, Craig.
However, this has nothing to do with the survival of FOTA TV, necessarily. Only 
has to do with some aspects of the survival of "localism."
It's possible that there are exceptions in some European countries, but this 
phenomenon of the personality local news anchor, to my knowledge, is completely 
nonexistent in countries where FOTA TV flourishes.
I've been having a ball following the Russia Today (RT) news, which we get OTA 
24/7. No news anchor personalities there either. (Nor on France 24, TF1, or any 
of the RAI stations.)
Last Thursday or Friday, RT did a piece on the US auto industry. Fantastic. 
They used, I'm not joking, automobile junk yards as the backdrop, while 
discussing how US auto companies were likely to collapse. As if these junk 
yards WERE the big three. I'm not making this up. Junk yards were the ONLY 
backdrop used to represent the auto companies, in the entire piece. And they 
interviewed people in the most dismal of Detroit trailer parks, always in 
dismal, drizzly weather, to show what the average American worker was up 
against. It was so amazing.
THAT's entertainment. And it's available FOTA.
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