A couple of notes from a weekend of TV news dominated by Hurricane Irene…
HLN spent Saturday showing coverage from affiliate stations along the East Coast, including Norfolk’s WAVY-NBC 10. On the desk there was former WESH 2 anchor Tom Schaad — a veteran of Orlando’s hurricane-filled season of 2004.
Meanwhile on Sunday, WFTV News Director Bob Jordan — a man who doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind — was busy on Twitter critiquing the New York-centric, doom-and-gloom storm coverage. Some samples of his entertaining tweets:
Watching network coverage of the (marginal) hurricane. All I can say is, “Oh, the hyperbole.”
In 2004, 5 named storms hit FL. 3 of them (Charley, Frances & Jean) had winds in excess of 115MPH. Sorry NYC, your storm is puny.
Some of these network reporters (networks shall remain unnamed) look downright foolish.
ABC Reporter informs us that winds are about 20 miles per hour at his location. That’s no typo. TWENTY miles per hour.
GMA anchor open at 9A references “MONSTER hurricane.” This is not, has not been and will not be a Monster hurricane. It is a tropical storm.
WFTV had more boots on the ground covering the ’04 hurricanes than ABC News does covering this “monster hurricane.”
Not much evidence of social media on ABC this morning. They are behind the curve.
At 11AM, ABC graphics and copy still refer to Irene as a “hurricane.” This is beyond hype, this is deliberate misinformation.
Our summertime series, Blast from the Past, continues with this ad for the Eyewitness News team that first boosted Channel 9 to news dominance in Central Florida. Here you see the promotion for the 5:30 p.m. newscast with anchors Bob Opsahl and Carole Nelson, and then the 6 o’clock team that included (from left) sports director Mike Storms, Nelson, news director/anchor Bob Jordan and weatherman Danny Treanor.
In addition to watching the Casey Anthony trial on Orlando TV news, many followed coverage via reporters’ and anchors’ tweets on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Orlando TV tweets following the verdict. (I especially like WFTV news director Bob Jordan’s tweet at the bottom):
Interesting tidbit about Orlando TV ratings for the Casey Anthony trial, courtesy of TVNewser.com…
“Bob Jordan, news director of ABC affiliate WFTV, tells TVNewser more people watched the trial on his station as well as on Fox O&O WOFL and cable station CFN13 combined, than watched the Miami Heat – Dallas Mavericks NBA playoff game in prime time [Thursday] night.” Full report here.
“Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35 and ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 were in a tight race Thursday morning with their wall-to-wall coverage. … WOFL drew 91,800 viewers to WFTV’s 91,700. Central Florida News 13, which is available to customers of Bright House Networks, drew 66,800 viewers. …
“From 1:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, WFTV rose to the top with its trial coverage. WFTV averaged 116,500 viewers. WOFL was second with 93,900. News 13 drew 84,800. CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 decided to go wall to wall Thursday afternoon and drew 27,500 viewers. “In Session,” which ends it coverage at 3 p.m., had 16,400 viewers. And HLN drew 11,500.” Full report here.